Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
In this four-week Advent study, author Richard B. Wilke focuses on people in the story of Christ’s birth. There are those we associate with the joy and celebration of Christmas—the wise men, the shepherds, and Joseph. Yet the author reminds us not to forget that the evil King Herod is also part of the Christmas story, and how it is because there is evil in our world that we so desperately needed—and need—a Savior.
Each lesson includes a key scripture, brief reflection, questions to discuss, a suggested Christmas carol, and a prayer.
Table of Contents:
First Week of Advent
Let’s Keep Herod in Christmas (Matthew 2:1, 7-8, 16-18)
Second Week of Advent
Let’s Keep the Wise Men in Christmas (Matthew 2:1-12)
Third Week of Advent
Let’s Keep Joseph in Christmas (Matthew 1:18-25; 2:13-15, 19-23)
Fourth Week of Advent
Let’s Keep the Shepherds in Christmas (Luke 2:8-20)