Earlier this evening, I preached a sermon on the sufficiency and satisfying nature and power of Scripture from 2 Timothy 3:16-17. In the end, I challenged the congregation to spend time every day in the Word–reading, studying, meditating, and memorizing. God’s Word works in a uniquely efficient way to conform us to the image of Christ and transform us from the inside out. However, the power of Scripture and the all-satisfying grace of Scripture are only received when we immerse ourselves in the Word. The satisfaction of a cold glass of water on a hot day is only realized when the glass is picked up and the water is downed.
A good way for us all to get in the Word this month is to take part in an Advent devotional. Whether you take part in lighting Advent candles with your family or not is not important here. What I think we can do this Advent season is immerse ourselves in the Word by making use of some very helpful Advent devotionals. I mentioned tonight that extrabiblical resources must never replace the Bible in our lives. However, used correctly, they can be resources of tremendous value. Thinking daily about the glory of God in the Incarnation of the God-man Jesus Christ will be refreshing and edifying for you and your family this Christmas season. Even though the first day of Advent 2013 is nearly over, I wanted to go ahead and write this tonight so that you can begin the devotionals tomorrow. May the glory of the Christ-child invigorate your faith and ignite your family worship this year.
Here are a few Advent devotionals to consider using this Advent season. Erica and I will be using the Good News of Great Joy devotional this year and I pray we will make a tradition out of this for years to come.
Good News of Great Joy (John Piper) [Free PDF or at low cost through Amazon]
The Expected One (Scott James) [Multiple digital formats and interview with author]