Awaiting and celebrating the coming of the Savior

An introduction to Advent

The King is coming. Jesus Christ has come and will come again. This is the hope of the Church whom He purchased with His blood. His coming is the eager expectation and desire of His people. It is our joy because He is our treasure and greatest good. This is the theme of “Advent,” formed from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.” It’s the traditional celebration of the first advent of Jesus in humility and the anxious awaiting of His second in glory. The season is a time for remembering and rejoicing, watching and waiting.

During the season it is easy to get lost in busyness and the consumer-driven “promises” of our culture, focusing on the shadow rather than the substance—Christ. This year, especially, we need perspective, and Advent is a gift to help us refocus on what matters most: God promised to send the Savior. He faithfully fulfilled that promise. Amid the fleeting things that fail to save us and fill us, God comes through on His promises.

Advent Devotional

Each year we put together an Advent Devotional booklet to guide individuals, families, friends, and roommates through this wonderful time of year. This year's guide contains five weeks of material, with two sections for each week: the first section (On Your Own) is a personal study to complete by oneself. It includes a short study, reflection and response, and an area for notes. The second section (With Your Family, Friends, or Roommates) is designed for group discussion and engagement. It does not require extensive preparation and only takes about 10-15 minutes each week.

Download the Advent Devotional below and let us know how you, your family, or your friends are using it by posting on Instagram or Facebook and tagging @ncctacoma.