Prepare the Way


Prepare the Way

Study by Alicia Davis Porterfield
Commentary by Guy Sayles

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Brief Description

The Scripture texts for our Advent and Christmas lessons are drawn from the Gospel readings in the Revised Common Lectionary. A lectionary is a schedule of Scripture readings to be used in worship. By following a lectionary, the church remembers every year the key events of the Christian story: Christ’s coming, his life and ministry, his death and resurrection, and our own response of faith and discipleship. The new liturgical year begins four Sundays before Christmas, which starts a new cycle of storytelling.

If your church follows the lectionary readings in worship, the passages we study will also be the sermon texts on which your pastor preaches this month. Whatever your church’s practice, these lessons highlight important themes related to the Advent and Christmas seasons.

We begin with the theme of hopeful watchfulness in light of the coming of Christ. Next, we will spend two weeks considering the ministry of John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ. We will hear John’s call for repentance as well as his struggle to understand Jesus in light of his own preconceived notions of what a Messiah should be.

The Sunday before Christmas, we will consider Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus and join in wonder at the miracle of “God with us.” Finally, we will remember the story of the “holy innocents” killed by Herod in his attempt to eliminate the Christ child’s threat to his power.

In these sessions, we will seek to prepare the way toward and into the Christmas season. May our hearts be challenged—and changed—as we open our lives to more of God’s wisdom and grace.

NextSunday Resources provides adult Bible studies on a wide range of topics, all of which are useful for individual or group study. A printed Study Guide offers four, five or six lessons with in-depth commentary and Bible background material. A free, downloadable Teaching Guide features a wealth of options, questions and ideas for teaching each lesson.

Materials Included
• 5 Sessions of Learner’s Materials
• 5 Sessions of Teaching Materials
• 5 Handouts

Sessions Included
1. Watchfulness
2. Repentance
3. Expectancy
4. Wonder
5. Compassion

Age Group

1. Matthew 24:36-44
2. Matthew 3:1-12
3. Matthew 11:2-11
4. Matthew 1:18-25
5. Matthew 2:13-23

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