It Would Take A Miracle :: An Advent North Church Sunday Series
Christmas time is said to be “the most wonderful time of the year”, but often we forget why Christmas is so wonderful. Amidst the parties, shopping, and decorations, the greatest reason for celebration is easily overshadowed. We forget that holy night, when heaven met earth and God’s redemption plan for all humanity began to unfold—Emmanuel, God with us. This year, at the beginning of the Christmas season, we invite you to join the North Church family as we focus on Jesus during Advent.
There are several great Advent studies for adults, kids, and students:
The Greatest Gift
In this stunning four-week video curriculum, Ann draws viewers even deeper into Scripture as she explores and illuminates the magnificence of God's Word through the unfurling of the greatest love story ever told—God's ardent and relentless pursuit of us.
Devotionals (some are whole-family or teen-friendly)
Good News of Great Joy (free Advent e-book or in print for a fee)
These short, daily devotional readings correspond to readings presented in Solid Joy, Desiring God’s free devotional app (available on iTunes or Google Play). The readings use a portion of Scripture to reflect upon the meaning and impact the coming of Christ has on us and the world. This resource could be used with mature kids and teens.
Come Let Us Adore Him
This once-a-week devotional contains a reading, a video, and a sermon for each Sunday in Advent. Tripp suggests using these materials with the whole family, although this may be best suited for older children and youth. Whether you move through the content alone or with a spouse or kids, all materials are free and useful in understanding the eternal impact of Christ’s Advent. This resource would be engaging for mature kids and teens as it uses audio and video files to teach content.
The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas
Beginning with Jesse, the father of David, this book follows the lineage of Christ from Old Testament to New with a Scripture reading & reflection for each day. The book also walks readers through the tradition of the “Jesse Tree,” featuring free downloadable ornaments for each day on the author’s website, annvoskamp.com. While this book could be used for mature kids and teens, see the companion book in the next section for already-adapted content for kids.
YouVersion Devotionals (mobile app advent resources)
The King is Coming (26 days)
During the Christmas season, we celebrate the long-awaited arrival of Christ. This Advent Devotional will guide you through readings from the Old and New Testaments as we learn what the first and second comings of Jesus mean for us today.
The Magic of Christmas (25 days)
For some, Christmas is a time of joy and celebration. For others, it's a painful reminder. No matter what you are experiencing this holiday season, Christmas is an opportunity to focus on the source of our hope.
Rediscovering Christmas (25 days)
Includes reflection questions and action steps to center each afternoon start Christmas tradition with a non-traditional twist on the season of Advent. Great for individuals, families, or small groups.
Devotionals for Leading Kids (Preschool to Upper Elementary) through Advent
Baby Steps to Celebrating Advent: 9 Brilliant Ideas for the Wee Ones!
Compiled by Susan Cunningham This highly practical list is a collection of fun ideas from the Internet. This list will be especially helpful to tired, stressed mommas who just don’t have time or money to put together very much for the kiddos, yet really want to start some Jesus- centered traditions.
Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas
Ann Voskamp has expanded her presentation of the timeless Advent tradition of the Jesse Tree so that families can celebrate together. Each day families can read the provided Scripture passage (in connection with the original book, The Greatest Gift), engage with a specially written devotion to help children of all ages understand the Advent theme for the day, and participate in suggested activities to apply the theme. The ornaments for your family’s Jesse tree are available on Ann’s website at annvoskamp.com. This is the companion book to The Greatest Gift.