Cornerstone

Advent is a season of waiting. For thousands of years our fallen world waited anxiously for the coming of the Messiah, the one who would rescue mankind from sin and wrath. This season of Advent (Latin for “coming”) is celebrated during the weeks leading up to the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.

How To Use This Reading Guide

Below are this week’s daily Bible verses and stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible (appropriate for all ages, but geared for children 12 and under), as well as the lyrics for this week’s song.

Many people choose to light candles as part of an “Advent wreath”, each candle marking another week closer to the arrival of Christ Jesus. If you choose not to use the Jesus StoryBook, we recommend that you read the daily Bible verses, then the explanation section for that day, then sing the songs and light your candle. May this Advent celebration be full of eager expectancy and overflowing joy!

Sunday, December 3rd

Hebrews 1:1-2

The Bible is an adventure story about a young Hero, named Jesus, who comes from a land far away, to win back His lost treasure. At the center of God’s story is the one we’ve all been waiting for.

Jesus Storybook Bible

The Story and the Song (pg 12)

Monday, December 4th

Genesis 1

God created the world good, to show His goodness and glory to His creation. And “all the stars and the mountains and oceans and galaxies and everything were nothing compared to how much God loved his children. He would move heaven and earth to be near them. Always. Whatever happened, whatever it cost him, he would always love them.”

Jesus Storybook Bible

The Beginning: A Perfect Home (pg 18)

Tuesday, December 5th

Genesis 3

Though God’s children forget him and run from him, “no matter what, in spite of everything, God would love his children- with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.” He will come to rescue!

Jesus Storybook Bible

The Terrible Lie (pg 28)

Wednesday, December 6th

Genesis 9:8-17

When sin overwhelms the world, God chooses to destroy it, but He saves Noah and his family. Even so, “it wasn’t long before everything went wrong again, but God wasn’t surprised, he knew this would happen. That’s why before the beginning of time, he had another plan- a better plan. A plan not to destroy the world, but to rescue it- a plan to one day send his own Son, the Rescuer.”

Jesus Storybook Bible

A New Beginning (pg 38)

Thursday, December 7th

Genesis 11:1-9

Foolishly mankind after Noah thought that they would be able to make a building tall enough to reach God. But “God knew, however high they reached, whoever hard they tried, people could never get back to heaven by themselves…People could never reach up to Heaven, so Heaven would have to come down to them. And, one day, it would.”

Jesus Storybook Bible

A Giant Staircase to Heaven (pg 48)

Friday, December 8th

Genesis 12:1-3

After God had scattered people all over the world with different languages and nations and tribes, He began His secret rescue plan. “Abraham, You will be my special family, my people, and through you everyone on earth will be blessed!” One of Abraham’s great-great-great grandchildren would be the Child, the Promised One, the Rescuer. The world just had to wait.

Jesus Storybook Bible

Son of Laughter (pg 56)

Saturday, December 9th

Grace Day

Take time to catch up on any readings you may have missed and spend time in prayer together as a family.

 

O Come, O Come Emmanuel!

Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Oh come, Thou Wisdom from on high
Who ord'rest all things mightily
To us the path of knowledge show
And teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Branch of Jesus’ tree, 
And free them from Satan’s tyranny
And trust them mighty power to save
And give them victory o’er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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