By Pastor Aaron Proffitt
The word adventus is a Latin term meaning “coming/arrival.” Early Christians spoke of “The advent of our Lord” in reference to the incarnation (God becoming flesh). As time went on, Advent was designated as the period leading up to
Christmas Day when Christians prepared for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. The specific celebrations began as early as the 4th century AD. This time period was marked by prayer and fasting with a focused attention on the wonder of the incarnation as well as the hopeful return of Christ at His second coming.
So why should we celebrate Advent? Because it pushes us to focus on the real reason for the Christmas season. When we celebrate Christ’s first coming, we are reminded of what it took for mankind to be rescued from sin, death, and hell. It required God to take on flesh in order to become a sacrifice for the sins of the world. To celebrate advent is to celebrate the hope of redemption; the hope that first came in the form of a baby – a baby who would forever change the world. His name is Jesus!
We are serious about Advent at Aletheia Church and view this season as another incredible opportunity to point ourselves and those around us to Jesus. One way in particular this can be accomplished is through the “Advent Family Guide” that Pastors Aaron Proffitt and Ian Thomas have put together. This guide serves as a 25-day devotional containing a passage of Scripture, a guiding question, an explanation, an application section, and a prayer – leading up to Christmas Day, THE day we celebrate the birth of our Savior! The Advent Family Guide is meant to be plug and play but also gives you the freedom to work through the information on your own or with friends and family over a cup of hot cocoa and a Christmas cookie as you sit and chat by the Christmas tree.
If you are interested in receiving your very own FREE copy of the Advent Family Guide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ENJOY!
May the hope of Christ fill your souls to the brim this Christmas season.