Today is the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the season of penitence and preparation for the arrival of Christ. As Father Chip Harper of All Saints Anglican Church explains in his liturgy lesson, we are really observing three Advents:
… the Advent of Christ’s physical birth in Bethlehem, the Advent of Christ coming into our own lives, and the Advent of his Second Coming at the history’s end.
Advent is an excellent season to spend some extra time in Bible study. Last year, I took the Christmas Incarnation study from Jesus Walk Bible Studies. This Advent, in addition to the Bible study on James I’m taking at church, I plan to review the weekly lessons from the Christmas Incarnation study.