MONTH BEGINNING SUNDAY 2nd DECEMBER
The Bible Readings for this month are those set in a Church Lectionary. If you would like fuller notes for each day you may find it helpful to join in the daily readings for Advent online from Brian Draper, or use some printed notes which you can buy from Scripture Union and other publishers.
Our own Daily Notes, both printed and online, will resume on Monday 31st December and will link in with the Growth Group studies in the life of King David.
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Sunday, December 2 Advent Sunday Psalm 90
v 14. Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
How will God satisfy you today?
Monday, December 3: 2 Peter 3:1-18
v 13. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.
Advent is a time for looking forward as well as back to Jesus’ birth.
Tuesday, December 4: 2 Samuel 7:18-29;
v 19. And now, Sovereign Lord, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty!
God’s promise to David was fulfilled through Jesus.
Wednesday, December 5: Luke 11:29-32
v 31. Now someone greater than Solomon is here—but you refuse to listen.
Jesus was wiser than the wisest man in Jewish history, and yet the Jewish people refused to listen to him!
Thursday, December 6: Philippians 1:12-18
v 18. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.
Whatever the motivation, the Good News of Jesus is to be announced.
Friday, December 7: Philippians 1:18-26
V 20. I trust that my life will bring honour to Christ, whether I live or die.
What will you do today that will bring honour to the name of Christ?
Saturday, December 8: Luke 9:1-6
v 1. Jesus called together his twelve disciplesand gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
The two-sided ministry – doing good by healing, and speaking about the Kingdom of God. Can you share in this ministry today?
Sunday, December 9: Second Sunday of Advent Psalm 126
v 3. Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!
Will your worship today be filled with a sense of amazement and joy?
How will you be able to express that as you meet others today?
Monday, December 10: Isaiah 40:1-11;
v 5. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!
Do you think this passage is about the first coming of Jesus, or does it refer to a date still in the future?
Tuesday, December 11: 2 Peter 1:2-15
v 8. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What will being productive and fruitful look like in your life today?
Wednesday, December 12: Isaiah 35:3-7
vv 5-6. And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy!
Does this sound like the coming of Jesus – or is it still in the future?
Thursday, December 13: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
v 9. You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
Reflect on the ways God has enriched your life through Jesus.
Friday, December 14: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15
v 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous.
Freely you have received – freely give. Be generous today!
Saturday, December 15: Luke 1:67-80
v 77. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins.
The message of Christmas includes news of the forgiveness of sin.
Sunday, December 16: Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 11:1-9;
v 1. Out of the stump of David’s familywill grow a shoot— yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.
The Old and New Testaments form one continuous story of God’s grace.
Monday, December 17: Hebrews 13:7-17
v 15. Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
Praise is not just for Sunday – it is a daily sacrificial offering to God.
Tuesday, December 18: Acts 28:23-31
v 28, So I want you to know that this salvation from God has also been offered to the Gentiles, and they will accept it.
The Christmas message of forgiveness and salvation is for all nations.
Wednesday, December 19: Luke 7:31-35
v 34. The Son of Man …. feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’
Jesus was happy to be called the friend of sinners because that is what he was – and still is!
Thursday, December 20: Jeremiah 31:31-34;
v 33. But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
God promised a new covenant, binding his people to him for ever. We stand under the terms of this new and heart-deep covenant.
Friday, December 21: Isaiah 42:1-9;
v 8. I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else.
What do you understand by ‘The Glory of God’? So when John writes ‘We have seen his glory (John 1:14) what did the disciples note about Jesus?
Saturday, December 22: Luke 13:31-35
V 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.
How deeply Jesus felt about Jerusalem and its inhabitants!
How do you feel about your town and people around you?
Sunday, December 23: Fourth Sunday of Advent Psalm 80
V 3. Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.
The Psalmist too felt very deeply about the people of his generation.
Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve. Isaiah 9:1-7
V 6. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called:
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Spend time today thinking about these various titles we give to Jesus.
Tuesday, December 25: Christmas Day. Luke 2:1-7.
v 6. While they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son.
This central moment in history and time is recorded in stark simplicity.
Wednesday, December 26: Acts 7:51-60
V 52 They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One—the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered.
We jump from Jesus’ birth to his death – the Man of Heaven lives on earth.
Thursday, December 27: John 21:19-24
When all is said and done this is the key command to all Christian believers.
Friday, December 28: Isaiah 54:1-13
V 10. For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain.
What a wonderful promise for all who follow Jesus!
Saturday, December 29: 1 Corinthians 3:10-17
V 16. Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives inyou?
We follow Jesus in the company of others, not alone.
Sunday, December 30: First Sunday after Christmas Day Psalm 148
V 13. Let them all praise the name of the Lord. For his name is very great;
his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
It is appropriate to end this series of daily readings on a note of praise.