Advent – The Plan – Week 1
For Advent, we continue our walk through the Bible by looking at the birth of Jesus. The Old Testament is now behind us. God has instituted a covenant of blessing and now, in Jesus Christ, the plan is fully revealed.
John writes: “The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. ” John 1: 17
Paul writes: “This mystery is that through the Gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise of Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 3: 6
Advent begins the next phase of our walk through the Bible, God’s clear revelation in Jesus Christ is the plan of salvation. Advent shows us the plan, readies us for the plan, and puts the plan in motion.
The Plan – John the Baptist – Some Warm-Up Band!
The prophet of the Christ is now here. The Christ who brings salvation is close behind.
Scripture Reference: Luke 3: 1-18
Memory Verse: John 3: 30 – “He must become greater; I must become less.”
This story is found in Ezekiel 37. It is a vivid story of dry bones coming to life. Interesting, in movies today, this motif is always a horror theme. But here in the Bible it is a message of hope to a dispirited and defeated people. God, by his spirit, can make anything alive. It is a message that any person who is discouraged needs to hear.
Scripture Reference: Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Memory Verse: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” – Ezekiel 37:5
I’m Not Jonah, Am I?
This is a short book. Most people know that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, but the key point of this story is that all people are to be included in the blessings of God. This Old Testament book is key for what is to come in the gospel message of Jesus and the mission of the new church in the future.
Scripture Reference: Jonah 4: 1-11
Memory Verse: Jonah 4:11 – “But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”