Advent Week 3 | Agape / Love


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A Time of Hopeful Anticipation
For centuries, Christians around the world have used the four weeks leading up to Christmas to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. It’s a time when we observe his first coming while also looking forward to his second coming. In the four weeks of Advent, we meditate on hope, peace, joy, and love.

The Prince of Peace Arrives
The Hebrew Bible ends with God’s people still waiting expectantly for the ultimate king—the anointed one who would bring peace to the world. In the book of Isaiah, we read this prophecy about the long-awaited Messiah: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulders. And his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

When Jesus was born, angels announced his arrival on Earth by declaring, "I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a savior, who is Christ the Lord."

And Still We Wait
Jesus’ arrival activated the promises of God and the prophecies of the Hebrew Bible. The Gospel accounts declare Jesus to be God in human form, his son who came to earth to reconcile God’s people back to their covenant partnership with God. During Advent, we join in a centuries-long tradition and we wait. Just like God’s people eagerly awaited the arrival of the Messiah, we remember their hope and we still look forward to Jesus’ final return when he will reunite Heaven and Earth in the new creation. He is the ultimate King, who embodies God’s peace, joy, hope, and love and came to earth so that we might be united with God again.



  • Word: What stood out to you about a biblical view of peace? What did you learn? What was surprising?
  • Old Self:
    • Describe a time when somebody failed to love you well, or when you failed to love somebody else.What did that do to your relationship? What would love have looked like in that situation?
    • Have you ever struggled to believe that God loves you? explain?
  • New Self: When Christ returns, the love of God for us will be so tangible that we will never doubt it again. How do you think your life will change when you live in the conscious and uninterrupted experience of God’s love?
  • World: As you wait for Christ’s return, what are some ways you can more fully enter into an awareness of God’s love for you?