I love the Old Testament, not only because it is the Bible, but also because it is a great historical narrative that unfolds with excitement. I have said many times that there are endless incredible movies to be made with the Old Testament. The people we read about in the Old Testament also lived very rhythmic lives which allowed them to be very intentional about their faith. Times and cultures change drastically, but the principles of gospel transformation are constant. Deepening communion with God through authentic relationships infused by the word of God himself will always transform.
The Israelites not only had family rhythms which consisted of discipling their children through talking about the great stories of God’s work in and through the patriarchs, but they had seasons as well. You will not get too far in your reading of the scriptures without seeing all of the festivals and feasts that happened year after year. Their calendar revolved around these spiritual rhythms of worship. These were spiritual seasons they celebrated as families and as the people of God (we call the church) which focused around spiritual themes. This gave families and worship gatherings spiritual things to participate in together as well as individual homes to talk about together.
I believe that it helps our family rhythms to have church rhythms. It is a specific manner in which the church can partner with individuals and families in the activity of discipleship. As children gather together whether on Sunday or playtime in the middle of the week, they have overlapping stories of how their homes are celebrating spiritual truths.
This year will be the first time that Crossings Community has fully engaged in the Advent season. Advent, most simply stated, is a four Sunday season in the life of the church when we celebrate together the coming of Jesus Christ. We are not only rejoicing and responding to the coming of Jesus as a baby, but also the final coming of Jesus to consummate his Kingdom.
We have two goals for this Advent season at Crossings Community. First, we desire to gaze deeply into the gift we have of Jesus’ incarnation and future return. Second, we desire to provide a season in which our homes can separately and corporately partner together to respond to these realities by displaying the love of Jesus to others. We will be providing a specific way that our homes can participate together in order to give to others the love that has first been given to us.
We are looking forward to the stories of gospel transformation that will be sparked by celebrating this season together!