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Advent Bible Study



Advent Bible Studies for Small Groups or Individuals

 

Advent is the ideal time to lead a Bible Study in preparation for the Christmas celebrations, and encourage small groups to engage with the story and not get distracted by the world view of a Christmas season of over-consumption and indulgence!

The Advent Studies available are on many different themes, but all have sufficient material to keep a small group occupied for an afternoon or evening, with plenty of discussion questions and background information to help inform and enthuse. Three of them follow the lectionary readings for years A, B and C.

You only need one copy of the studies per group, they are downloadable as PDF files which most PCs and devices can easily open, and are  written to be easily copied and distributed to group members - so economical to purchase as well at £2.99 ($4.55 US)!

 

Songs of Advent - New for 2017

Advent Bible Study

Songs are very much at the centre of our celebrations of Advent and Christmas, and have been so for many since childhood.

Luke’s Gospel has a series of songs as part of his introduction to the story of Jesus, and these have been handed down to us within our Bibles, and as part of the liturgical life of the Church. Many will recite (if not sing) the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (maybe also the Benedictus) as part of their regular worship, so the words are familiar. But maybe they haven’t been looked at as often in their actual context, leading up to and just beyond the birth of Jesus.

The studies all follow an identical pattern, with a bit of a musical theme:-

Intro (opening discussion); Accompaniment (a little background to the passage); Verses (a commentary on the passage); Chorus (ten questions for group discussion); Outro (something to take away and think about)

As always, permission is given to duplicate and distribute the study around the members of a small group meeting.

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God With Us

Advent Bible Study

Follows the lectionary readings for Year A, but can be used at any time.

This is very much seeing the Advent story through the eyes of Matthew, as in his Gospel message he covers the big themes of Jesus' Second Coming, John the Baptist, examines who Jesus is, and gives us a glimpse into Joseph's story.

Study titles are 'As it was in the days of Noah', 'John the Baptizer', 'Are you the One?' and 'Joseph's Story'

Like all these studies there is plenty of opportunity for engaging with the Word, with starter discussion and questions. Also included are some suggestions for prayer. The studies are designed to be printed on 4 sides of A4 paper, and you only need one copy of the study per group.

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Preparing the Way Advent Bible Study

 

 


Preparing The Way

Advent Bible Study

Follows the lectionary readings for Year C, but can be used at any time.

This is very much seeing the Advent story through the eyes of Luke, as in his Gospel message he covers the big themes of Jesus' Second Coming, God's judgement, repentance, the kingdom life and faith.

Study titles are 'A World in Turmoil', Preparing the Road', 'The Life Required' and 'God's Servants'

Like all these studies there is plenty of opportunity for engaging with the Word, with starter discussion and questions. Also included are prayers for opening/closing a meeting. The studies are designed to be printed on 3 sides of A4 paper, and you only need one copy per group.

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At That Time

At that time Bible studyFollows the lectionary readings for Year B, but can be used at any time

There is plenty of room for group members to express their faith and opinions through the questions posed by the text and commentary, alongside background information on the context.

The four studies are entitled 'A Hope', 'A Message', 'A Witness', and 'A Servant', and cover the traditional subjects of the Second Coming, the message of the prophets, John the Baptist and Mary the mother of Jesus.

The study can be printed off as a whole for each group member, or individually as they format neatly on 3 sides of A4 paper, and you only need one copy per group..

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The Promise of Messiah

Promise of MessiahIn this series of four studies, I hope that the group (or individual) will be able to connect with the big picture of God’s Salvation, revealed through the Old as well as the New Testament.

Often, our experience of the prophetic is limited to those readings included within the preaching season of Advent and we only get a glimpse of part of the masterpiece. By looking at how the Jews and scholars examined the words of the prophets, looking for signs of a promised Messiah, we can hopefully more easily connect with the roots of our faith.  

There's an opening discussion question to get the chat going, a short Bible study, some discussion questions to get folk talking around the issues raised each week, and prayers to open and close the meeting.

Themes are: 1) The Servant, 2) The Place, 3) The Messenger, 4) The Word

The Advent study is in A4 format, and each week's study can be printed on 2 double sided sheets. You only need one copy per group.

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Read the News!

 

Read the newsRead the News is a slightly different Advent Bible Study presented in a newspaper front page format.

Follow the Christmas story through short story soundbites and snippits of background information which helps to bring the context of the story to life as we look at life in the times of Jesus' birth.

There's an opening discussion question to get the chat going, a short Bible study and some more searching questions to get folk talking around the issues raised each week.

The Advent study is in A4 format, and each week's study can be printed on 2 double sided sheets.

Themes include:

1) The nation, prophets and a spiritual mix
2) The census, Bethlehem and looking to the stars
3) Life in the Empire, Nazareth, the older parent and preparing the way
4) Shepherds and angels, a personal journey and waiting for Messiah

Permission is given for a church to photocopy these resources, so only 1 copy is needed per group!

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What a Gift!

what a giftWhat a Gift! is an Advent Study resource which looks at the Gifts of the Magi as recorded in Matthew's Gospel, and asks the reader 'What do I bring?'.

Four studies look at the themes of Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh and Journeying, and their spiritual significance for the Christ child, as within them we begin to hear a whisper of the Easter to come - Gold for a King, frankincense for a High Priest and myrrh for sorrow.

There are leader's notes and background material and lots of questions to stimulate discussion. Also included are prayers to open and close a meeting.

Themes, which are expanded within each study, are: 1) Gold
2) Frankincense, 3) Myrrh, 4) Following the star

The Advent study is in A4 format, and each week's study can be printed on 2 double sided sheets, allowing space for note taking. Permission is given for a church to photocopy these resources, so only 1 copy is needed per group!

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Little Town, Big Story

 

Little_Town_Cover.jpgLittle Town, Big Story is an Advent Bible Study resource based on the popular Christmas Carol 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' written in 1868 by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), one of the most famous preachers of his time, following a visit to Bethlehem which seems to have affected him deeply.

Four studies look at the significance of place in Jesus' birth, the person of Mary, Gifts and Grace, Worship & Mission.

Theme titles for the four weeks:

1) O Little Town of Bethlehem;  2) For Christ is Born of Mary
3) How Silently, How Silently;  4) O Holy Child of Bethlehem


With leader's notes, background information, study material, questions for discussion (including leader's prompts) and prayers to open and close the meeting, there's plenty to keep things going through the meeting!

The Advent study is in A4 format, and each week's study can be printed on 2 double sided sheets, allowing space for note taking.

Permission is given for a church to photocopy these resources, so only 1 copy is needed per group!

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