This week is the start of Advent, which is a season on the church calendar that emphasizes the coming of Jesus.
As our staff, missionaries and national partners prepare to celebrate His birth around the world, we asked them to share some of the devotionals that have impacted them most during this season. Our hope is that their recommendations stir an eager excitement as you gather with family and friends to praise God for the greatest gift we’ve ever received—Jesus Christ.
“It’s a season for cherishing and worshiping this characteristic of God—that he is a searching and saving God, that he is a God on a mission, that he is not aloof or passive or indecisive. He is never in the maintenance mode, coasting or drifting. He is sending, pursuing, searching, saving.” -John Piper
The Advent Book by Jack & Kathy Stockman
Each day, this beautiful book opens a new door into the Christmas story and is perfect for the whole family.
Isaiah 9:1-7 by Isaiah, an Old Testament Prophet of Israel
The beautiful promises in this passage have been realized in Christ’s coming and are continuing to be realized now until glory.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis uses a children’s book to unlock truths about the character of Jesus Christ, breaking through the hopelessness of winter with the gift of Christmas regardless of your age.
Seasons Guide by The Village Church
Advent is the start of the church calendar, and The Village Church uses this Bible-reading plan to invite believers into the story of Jesus.
Images of the Messiah from Through the Bible, Through the Year
by John Stott
By highlighting Old Testament scriptures, John Stott walks you through the messianic glimpses of Jesus Christ’s coming.
The Dawning of Indestructible Joy by John Piper
John Piper uses his unique insights into one of the greatest events in history to create a deeper adoration for Jesus in the midst of a busy season.
Matthew 2 by Matthew, a Disciple of Jesus
The story of the Wise Men specifically serves as a reminder that we come to Jesus one way and He often asks us to take a different route once we encounter Him.
From Heaven: A 28-Day Advent Devotional by A.W. Tozer
A.W. Tozer helps you slow down to marvel at verses that have become all too familiar, reminding you of the significance that Jesus came.