Daily Archives: December 7, 2018

December 7 – Advent Study Day 8

“Advent is one of the hardest seasons of the church year to celebrate in today’s culture. As soon as Thanksgiving arrives, we are bombarded by Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas everything. We are so saturated by Christmas that we often skip over one of the most important parts: the preparation. You wouldn’t throw a party without preparing the food and drinks; you wouldn’t visit a friend without getting dressed and ready. We are about to remember the most awe-inspiring thing that happened in the whole of history: God becoming man in the glory and mystery of the incarnation. We need to set aside time to prepare ourselves for this – internally and externally” (excerpt from Rachel Telander’s “Let Us Keep the Feast”)

Join us as we prepare for Christmas with an Advent Study based on Selah Woody’s “A Traditional Advent Calendar: 28 Days of Devotions and Activities”. Each day of the study, we will post the scripture to focus on, ideas for discussion and activities with your family, and an example SOAP from our team based on the day’s scripture. If you’d like to see the full daily devotion from Selah Woody’s study, you can get the free download through Focus on the Family HERE.

Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Then, read and discuss the verse with your family around the dinner table, in the car, before bed, or another time when you can be in intentional devotion to Jesus. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts on the verse, discussion with your family, or your favorite Christmas traditions. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Advent Study Day 8

John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

Ephesians 5:1-2

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Discussion/Activity Ideas

Now that a full week of this Advent study has been completed, have a discussion with your family about how this study has changed and/or improved how they feel about this holiday season. With a shift of focus from the hustle and bustle to the excitement of waiting for our King, do you long to hold onto this feeling even after Christmas has past? Congratulations of completing the first week of this study! Celebrate together by singing your favorite Christmas hymn as you light the candle.

SOAP Note

Good Work Smells Sweet | DOT Group @ A2

Scripture

Ephesians 5:2

Observation

As God’s children, we try to please Him just as our kids try to please us. How does He feel about the things we do? It must hurt Him to punish us like it hurts us to punish our kids. So our “good behavior” frees Him from that undesirable task and is like a sweet fragrance to Him.

Application

“Live a life of love” Not sure how to please God? It’s right there in the Bible. He shows us how to love throughout the entire Bible, but especially in John 3:16. We may never truly fathom that love, but we can live our lives trying! And then we will offer the way we live as a sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to Him.

Prayer

Father, thank You for loving us as Your own and thank You for the perfect example of love for us to follow. We do fall short every day, so help us to keep at it. To keep choosing love. We want our lives to be like a fragrant offer to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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