This 3-part Advent sermon series looks at the people and events that paved the way for Jesus’ miraculous birth to help students see how God’s will ultimately comes to pass in His perfect timing.
This is how the Advent sermon series breaks down:
Part 1: Worth the Wait
The ancient prophet Isaiah spoke of a coming King who would bring peace to His people. 100 years passed. 200 years passed. 300 years passed. Over 600 years passed before Jesus was born in Bethlehem. God gave a promise, but that promise took some time before it came to pass. This Christmas season, I encourage you to wait well because you will spend a lot of time waiting. Sometimes walking with God requires waiting. But, it will be worth the wait — God is with us.
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:23
Part 2: The Weird and Wild John the Baptist
John the Baptist selected a strange life for himself. Instead of living in a city with easy access to food, water, and entertainment, he chose to live in the wilderness. His choice to dwell in the middle of a desert seemed bizarre, but John saw it as a blessing. He lived a life solely focused on pointing people to Jesus. Scholars consider him the “front-runner” of Christ. Like a Christmas caroler singing on the street corner, John got to proudly pronounce the coming Messiah. This can teach us a lot about how God uses unlikely people with all their quirks and idiosyncrasies to accomplish his purpose.
Scripture: Matthew 3:1-6
Part 3: The Prince of Peace
During Christmas, we celebrate peace on earth, but some people cannot find peace in their own lives. Many of us have a peace problem. We act as though Jesus brings peace to all mankind, but somehow, it misses us. It’s ironic that we can celebrate peace on earth while struggling to find peace in our hearts. Let’s examine the story of God’s arriving peace that was announced to some unlikely people that needed it the most — the shepherds.
Scripture: Luke 2:13-14, Colossians 1:20
This sermon series was adapted from our Advent Small Group Bible study. Click here to view the Advent small group Bible Study. You might also like these free Bible Studies for youth.
This free Advent sermon series includes:
— 3 sermon outlines (editable)
— Small group discussion guides for each sermon
— Bible reading plans for each sermon
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