These reflections are designed to be done around the diner table, or even at bedtime. However, they can easily be adapted for small group discussions and reflection. However, you engage – let your heart adore Christ!
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. By these he has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desire.
- 2 Peter 1:3-4
Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.
- 2 Peter 1:3-4 (MSG)
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.
- John 14:27
Have you ever made a promise and broken it? (Give an example of how you have.)
Commentary: One of the amazing things about Advent is that it reminds us that God NEVER breaks His promises. The Bible is full of promises, sometimes called prophecies, which God made. He has kept every one of them and proved himself to be true to His Word. Let’s examine a few of them.
John 1:4-5; John 12:46
For centuries, God’s people waited for Him to keep His promises. He kept every single one. Let’s look at one more promise God made:
How amazing are the promises of God AND that He keeps all of them!
SONG: As a family, sing or listen to “Joy to The World” Take a few moments to explain some of the words and themes of the song.
ACTIVITY: Parents: Make a promise to your kids you are going to do something special together to celebrate Advent—something they will love—but don’t tell them what or when. As the days go by, remind them of your promise and give them hints as to what it might be. Let their expectation and excitement grow throughout the week. Use this opportunity to remind them of God’s promise to send a Rescuer and the anticipation God’s people felt as they waited.
PRAYER: Everyone give thanks to God that He keeps all of His promises. Ask God to give you strong faith to trust Him.