Advent Reading Plan for Great Joy This Christmas

Advent Reading Plan: Great Joy

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You are invited to join me in an advent reading plan through the Bible that will bring us all great joy this Christmas season.

We will read of angels and wise men, and of miracles and prophecy fulfilled. This plan will help us focus on preparing our hearts for this Christmas season. It will be here soon! Will you join me?

Great Joy advent reading plan

WHAT IS ADVENT?

Without getting too far into history and meaning, the word “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming or arrival.” Advent is simply a time of waiting expectantly with great anticipation. And Christmas is certainly a time of expectant waiting for Christians anticipating the celebration of the birth of Christ.

WHY JOIN AN ADVENT READING PLAN?

The season leading up to Christmas in our world today can be a hectic time. The cooking and baking, the lights, the decorations, the shopping and gift giving, the travel, and all the Christmas festivities can take much of our time and effort. The hustle and bustle of holiday activities seems to never slow down until it’s all over.

But this season of advent invites us to slow down. We should contemplate the unfolding story of the birth of Jesus. And we should meditate on the wonders of how it all came to be so that our hearts are prepared for Christmas when it arrives. It helps us focus on the true reason for the season above all.

WHAT WILL WE READ IN THIS ADVENT READING PLAN?

In this plan we will read through several books of the Bible including passages in Isaiah, Luke, Matthew, the Psalms, and more to uncover how the prophecies of old were fulfilled. We will read of the preparation leading up to Jesus’ birth. We will remember the lowly shepherds and the angels sent to them to declare the good news of great joy. Then we will slow down to consider what this means for you and I today.

Shepherds' response to the angels in the Christmas story

How Can I Use This Advent Bible Reading Plan?

There are several ways to use this advent reading plan. Here are a few ideas:

1. AS A FAMILY
You can join our family in reading each of the days’ scripture passages together. We will read and discuss most days during dinner time around the table, but feel free to read when it works for your family.

2. AS A LIFE GROUP
Are you involved in a life group or small group? With this busy Christmas season, many groups will take a break during holidays. But reading this plan as a group can keep you connected while you’re apart. Consider texting thoughts with each other as you go along. Just share this post with your group to invite them to join you.

3. GO SOLO
This is a great reading plan to follow in your daily quiet time. If you’re flying solo, then consider reading through each passage in multiple translations or writing the scriptures as you go.

Writing Scripture. Pictured: coffee and a person writing in a journal

DOWNLOAD THE PLAN

I cannot wait to go through this reading plan with my family this year. And I’m excited to invite you and your friends and family along on this journey to Christmas.

It will be here before you know it. Don’t let another Christmas go by without focusing on Christ. Download your plan today below.

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Great Joy advent reading plan

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