Advent Bible Reading

A plan to bring us joy at Christmas!

Thursday 23 November 2017 by Ad Taylor-Weekes

Go Deeper

The month of December is almost upon us which means that we have a natural opportunity to consider again the remarkable fact of God becoming flesh. The Christmas story is one that is probably very familiar to many of us and so we need to be praying all the more earnestly that familiarity does not blind us to the wonder of it.

To help me with that I usually try and work through a Bible reading plan that takes me through the Christmas story, to reflect on it in a fresh way. This year I'm going through the book, The First Days of Jesus, by Andreas Kostenberger and Alexander Stewart. In the Appendix they suggest an advent Bible reading plan where you read a section of the Bible each day alongside a section in the book. Of course, the Bible reading plan stands alone and so I thought I'd share it on the blog in case it's helpful for others. It's detailed below. There are, of course, other resources available. For example, with our children we usually use a Bible reading plan alongside making an Advent Tree, detailed in the Appendix of Disciplines of a godly Family.

However you choose to go about reflecting on the Christmas story this year, let's be praying that we would be left in awe and full of joy at the Word become flesh.

 

 

Advent Reading Plan

 

 Date 

 Verses                  

 Topic

1st

Luke 1:1-4

An account from eyewitnesses

2nd

Genesis 49:8-12

The scepter of Judah

3rd

Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-5

A child is born; a branch of Jesse

4th

Micah 5:2-4

A ruler is born in Bethlehem

5th

Matthew 1:1-17

Jesus' ancestry

6th

Matthew 1:18-25

The virgin birth

7th

Matthew 2:1-12

The visit of the magoi

8th

Matthew 2:13-15

Escape to Egypt

9th

Matthew 2:16-18

Herod's order

10th

Matthew 2:19-23

Return to Nazareth

11th

Luke 1:5-25

John the Baptist's birth foretold

12th

Luke 1:26-38

Jesus' birth foretold

13th

Luke 1:39-45

Mary's visit to Elizabeth

14th

Luke 1:46-56

Mary's song (Magnificat)

15th

Luke 1:57-66

Birth of John the Baptist

16th

Luke 1:67-80

Zechariah's song (Benedictus)

17th

Luke 2:1-7

Birth of Jesus Christ

18th

Luke 2:8-21

The angelic announcement

19th

Luke 2:22-40

Simeon's and Anna's prophecies

20th

John 1:1-5, 18

The preexistent Word

21st

John 1:6-8, 15

John the Baptist's witness

22nd

John 1:9-14

The Word-become-flesh

23rd

John 1:16-17

The law, grace and truth

24th

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

The suffering servant

25th

Revelation 21:1-8

A new heaven and a new earth

Ad Taylor-Weekes

Ad works most-time for Emmanuel Bath as the Pastor. The rest of the time he is a music leader and a guitar teacher both privately and in a school in Wiltshire. He's husband to Jane and father to four lively children. He grew up in Bath and studied at the Cornhill Training Course from 2003-2005.
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