Hope – Advent Community Guide

The Advent Community Guide has been prepared by Saturate the World.  This free resource is well worth checking out for use in your family or community to help you encounter Jesus this week. Here is the first week’s reading. Download your copy of Saturate’s Advent Community Guide free here.

Advent Community Guide SaturateHOPE

God’s people had been hoping for and expecting a king for a long time. The Lord had given them a promise through the prophet Isaiah long before Jesus was born: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Isaiah also foretold that the Messiah—the One who would save God’s people—would be a relative of a man named Jesse, the father of King David (Isaiah 11).

Let’s look at some passages from the New Testament that show how Jesus was the One the Lord promised to send.


Luke 1:26–38 & Matthew 1:1–17
For families with kids, read “Get Ready!” from The Jesus Storybook Bible pages 170–175.


God is always faithful to His promises! He is completely trustworthy and will always do what He says He will do. No matter how dark our situation may be, we can have hope knowing our Heavenly Father is in control and will fulfil His promises. In our sin we are tempted not to believe God and to put our hope and trust in someone or something other than Him.

Where do we need hope in our lives?
What does it look like this week to believe God’s promises and hope in Him?


Merciful God,
always with us, always coming:
We confess we do not know
how to prepare for your Advent.

We have forgotten how to hope in miracles;
we have ignored the promise of your kingdom;
we get distracted by all the busyness of this season. Forgive us, God.

Grant us the simple wonder of the shepherds,
the intelligent courage of the Magi,
and the patient faith of Mary and Joseph,
that we may journey with them to Bethlehem
and find the good news of a child born for us.

Now, in the quiet of our hearts,
we ask you to make us ready for His coming. Amen.


O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

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