The Expected One: An Advent Resource

The Expected One: Anticipating All of Jesus in the Advent - LifeWay Reader Now matter how many times you refer to Jesus as the "reason for the season," you've probably noticed how difficult it is to actually reflect on his coming during Christmas. Unless you're intentional, it usually doesn't happen. That's one reason we're recommending an Advent guide for you and your family by Scott James titled The Expected One.

In this devotional guide Scott leads us through Old Testament prophecies and expectations leading up to Christ's first coming. Discussion questions as well as foundational biblical themes are woven throughout these lessons to make this resource perfectly suited for families with children, though it will apply to everyone. LifeWay is making this resource available in the following formats: Android App ($0.99), iPhone App (Free until Thanksgiving; then $0.99), Ebook with LifeWay Reader ($1.99), Apple iBooks ($1.99).

Scott James is an elder at The Church at Brook Hills, and he was kind enough to answer a few questions about this timely resource:

A lot of Christians have heard of Advent, but what exactly is it?

Scott: Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming,” and it refers to the weeks leading up to Christmas when we prepare our hearts to celebrate the coming of Jesus. Various traditions (e.g. wreaths, candles, Jesse Trees, etc…) have been established to help us focus on Christ during this season and, depending on how you use them, these can be very beneficial. The Expected One devotional is not tied to any particular Advent tradition, but it simply uses the weeks leading up to December 25th as a time to call families and friends together to glory in our great Savior.

How do you hope that people will use this resource?

Scott: My hope is that this devotional will be a user-friendly resource for a broad range of people. As a family worship resource, I think that parents who already have an established worship time in their home will find that it fits seamlessly into their routine. Parents not familiar with the practice of family worship (or those just struggling to actually pull it off) can use it as an easily accessible starting point. As a father leading worship in my own home, my biggest struggle is biting off more than I can chew—or more precisely, more than my kids can chew. With that in mind, I purposefully wrote these devotionals in a simple and straightforward fashion. Concise but impactful.

Although the primary audience is intended to be families with young children, the themes and discussion questions in this devotional are edifying for older audiences as well. Each day has a final, open-ended question that is specifically included to engage the adult mind as much as the kids’. I believe that teenagers and adults will benefit from it just as much as young families.

How might these Advent readings help us better understand not only the Christmas narrative, but the entire Bible?

Scott: That really is the goal of the whole devotional—to celebrate the nativity story within the larger context of the story of redemption. Even for those of us seeking to “keep Christ in Christmas,” it is far too easy to focus on the manger scene to the exclusion of all else. By compartmentalizing the amazing truth of the Incarnation, we actually diminish its brilliance. The nativity is best celebrated when it is found in the shadow of the Cross. These devotions use Old Testament Scriptures to highlight the multi-faceted promises that God gave His people concerning the person and work of His Son Jesus. By tracing out the bigger redemptive picture, my hope is that our hearts will be all the more prepared to find deep satisfaction in Jesus during Advent.


Brenda Azbill says:
Thanks. Blessing to you all

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