At Christmas, we celebrate the greatest of God’s gifts: the birth of Immanuel, God with us. Throughout the season of Advent, we’re able to anticipate God’s gifts to us and consider what they really mean. Over the four sessions of this study pack, participants will consider familiar texts from the book of Isaiah through the lens of gifts. Embedded in these texts are gifts that God longs to give us and deeply desires for us to receive into our lives: peace, justice, joy, and salvation.
The purpose of this four-session Advent study pack for adults is to show how these gifts are nothing short of transformative. If we receive them, they will re-form us into what we were intended to be from the beginning: reflections of God’s own being. Each session includes one focus text from the book of Isaiah, allowing participants to closely examine the passages together through the lens of Advent and the gifts God provides. In addition to a Bible study, each leader’s guide also includes prayers, liturgies, group and individual reflection activities, and teaching alternatives for customizing to your group.
Written by preacher and scholar Cynthia M. Campbell, each week includes a Participant Handout and a Leader's Guide that helps a leader facilitate a fifty-minute session. This downloadable study pack is perfect for use in traditional church settings, at-home individual study, and virtual Advent study group meetings. There is a four-week study pack for youth that covers the same passages and themes as this adult study: Peace, Justice, Joy, and Salvation: A Youth Advent Study (Product ID: TC5126).