Adult Bible Study

 

FOLLOW JESUS: GO TELL

NOVEMBER and DECEMBER 2022

 

Advent is the season of preparation, waiting, and expectation. We often spend the weeks leading up to Christmas with little time to pause and prepare ourselves for the gift that God continues to give to us: a Savior.

 

This Advent season as we continue follow Jesus our practice is to “Go Tell” the good news that God has come to live among us. The author of our Advent study this year, Rev. Thomas Long, writes: “Jesus came to Galilee,” Mark tells us, “proclaiming the good news of God.” Jesus came as a preacher, a proclaimer, as one who announced the realm of God. Jesus understood this role to be his defining mission. Jesus insisting on keeping his focus on proclamation. “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also,” he said, “for I was sent for this purpose.” All of the aspects of Jesus’ ministry—his teaching, his healing, his forgiving of sin, his feeding the hungry, his sending out of the disciples—are expressions of this core mission: to announce the realm of God. Jesus did this in words and also in deeds.”

 

First Sunday of Advent- Tell the Right Story (November 27)

As Advent begins, we are reminded of Jesus’ own mission statement: to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” This is the good news that we are invited to go tell.

 

Second Sunday of Advent- Break the Good News (December 4)

This good news is what brings hope to a world in need. Our call as followers of Christ is to share this “breaking news” of hope and peace with the world around us.

 

Third Sunday of Advent- Tell of the Hope within You (December 11)

Our children and youth will share with us the hope found in the story of Jesus’ birth through this year’s Christmas pageant that will be sure to have you laughing while also helping you to go and tell this story yourself!

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent- Join the Chorus (December 18)

The good news we have to share is not for us alone but is meant to be proclaimed to all the world! Our choral cantata “The Seven Noels” will proclaim to the world the story of Jesus’ birth through song and Scripture.

 

Christmas Eve- Go Tell! (December 24)

Hope is here! Christ’s birth means that God is with us and has come to show us what it means to put our faith and our hope into action. The Christmas story invites us to live our hope, to be that hope, and share it with a world in need of the hope we have in our loving God.

 

Christmas Day- Jesus Christ is Born (December 25)

This Christmas day, join your church friends at 10:30 am in the Fellowship Hall for a pancake breakfast and worship. We will worship around our tables, sing some of our favorite Christmas carols, and share in proclaiming the good news that Jesus is born! Participants are invited to wear their pajamas or other comfortable clothing. Please note that this service on December 25 will NOT be streamed.

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