Preparing for Christmas {Advent Bible Study}

Last week, I briefly talked about how God has been dealing with me about the ways I’ve been using social media for His glory. Specifically, the fact that I haven’t been. I’ve been using my spaces on the web to talk about style, food, photography and all sorts of other things… There’s nothing wrong with that, I believe that God wants us to have fun, but I don’t want that to be all there is to me. I firmly believe that I’m living at this time and place for a reason. God has a purpose for me.

So I know it was nothing but God that lead me to an eBook called Reach: How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God by @laurakrokos and @angipratt. The book challenged me to look at how I’m using Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to spread the message of God’s redeeming love. the book also made me examine the reasons why I had stopped focusing on my faith:

  • Fear of losing readers who don’t share my beliefs
  • Feelings of unworthiness

While my fears are very real, ultimately, my fear of disappointing God is greater. No matter what I do, I can’t earn God’s grace, it was a gift freely given because of His mercy (Titus 3:5). Furthermore, the Word tells me that His word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11). So even though not everyone will accept Christ, there will be some who will have their hearts pricked. And, last, but not least, we are commanded to go out and share the message of Jesus’s birth, death and resurrection (Mark 16:15).

I don’t want to waste the opportunity that I’ve been given.

And I can think of no better way to share the message of God’s love than to start at the beginning with the birth of my lord and savior, Jesus Christ. So tomorrow I will begin two Advent studies! I’ve never celebrated Advent before and probably wouldn’t have even thought about it had my friend, Ellen from Miss Stewart AKA Mrs. Seaman, not invited me to celebrate with her and her friends on Facebook.

In fact, I’m so new to the concept of Advent that I had to look it up. This research led me to Good Morning Girls and a cute little video that explains that Advent is basically preparing your heart for the arrival of a very special guest, Jesus Christ. You can watch the video by clicking here. I’d also been seeing #goodmorninggirls on Instagram and Twitter for the longest time, so I’m doubly glad to finally know what it stands for

Anyway, I look forward to sharing the message of Jesus Christ with you and I pray that you find comfort, joy and peace in the knowledge that Jesus was born, crucified and resurrected for you and for me.

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  • April

    I look forward to your study! I really love Advent-I SO need the heart preparation time amidst holiday craziness!

    My family celebrated it when I was a child because our church was a little high-churchy. I thought it was about lighting candles. haha But, that was before I gave my life to Christ.

    Last year my husband and I re-started the celebration. I made our Advent wreath and we DO light the candles, but it’s totally for the symbolism. My sister’s church has a great Advent resource for families that we use and it’s very Gospel-centered. It includes a scripture reading, devotional, songs, a reading from The Jesus Storybook Bible (for the kids), and prayer. It can be found here http://cspc.net/assets/files/worshipMusic/adventFamily2011.pdf if you’re interested!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ellen.s.seaman Ellen Stewart Seaman

    I need to get that book. Thanks for the shout out. Brad and I have had an advent wreath for two or three years now, and it really enriches our Decembers. I know others do the same, but I started the group because I think it’s a simple way to witness. Invite your friends! Looking forward to Sunday. :)

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