Transition from Faith Foundations to Advent Series
For the past five weeks, we’ve been learning about the foundation of the Christian faith. The pastors here at Park Hills have walked us through some tough questions: What is Scripture, and why should we put so much stock in it? The Bible has a lot of lessons in it, so what even is the main point? Why do we have to read Scripture so much more carefully than any other book we’ve come across? Why can’t we just keep our faith to ourselves?
Maybe you spent these past five Sundays sitting in the sanctuary and thinking, “That’s a good message, but who doesn’t already know all this stuff?” Or maybe you’ve been thinking, “Wow, I never knew that about the Bible. That changes some things for me.” Or maybe you were somewhere in the middle.
Either way, taking time to go back to the basics, which often turn out to be the furthest thing from basic, is a remarkably helpful practice. It reminds us of why we believe what we believe, and why we do the things we do.
As most of you know, the Church is now moving into the season called “Advent.” This season comes around every December, and begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The name “Advent” is derived from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “coming.”
So, Advent is all about anticipating the arrival of something. Can you guess whose arrival we’re anticipating? Ding Ding Ding: it’s Jesus. Over the next four weeks, the pastors will walk us through the four rich lessons of Advent: hope, preparation, joy, and love. All four of these lessons will focus on Jesus and the work he has done, is doing, and will do at the end of time.
Although this Advent series is separate from the Faith Foundations series we just finished up, they are more alike than you might think.
The season of Advent, like the Faith Foundations series, is all about going back to the basics of the Christian faith. It’s about refocusing our hearts on the amazing way Jesus allows us to be reunited with the Father and reminds us how that should affect our daily lives.
So, as we head into this Advent season, prepare yourself for some refocusing. Resist the urge to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and the craziness that comes with the end of another calendar year. Fix your eyes on Jesus, because he is the most important thing, and truly is at the center of it all.