Advent Studies

The season of Advent is a time of preparation. We need to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ. During Advent we remember the first coming of Christ as an infant—God putting on human flesh and becoming fully dependent upon the care and nurture of human parents. We also look forward to Christ’s second coming when the kingdom of God will be fulfilled on earth as it is in heaven. Take time this Advent to let God speak to you. St. James is offering three different Advent studies. Sign up online or by calling the church office (Info@stjconnect.org or 252-752-6154). Childcare will be available if requested at least one week ahead.
 
Wednesday Women group will be studying The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren. What makes Christmas so special? What is God’s purpose for Christmas? Teaching from the Gospel of Luke in three sessions, Rick Warren helps you see not one but three purposes of Christmas as announced by the angel at the birth of Jesus: Christmas Is a Time of Celebration, Christmas Is a Time for Salvation, and Christmas Is a Time for Redemption. You will discover that Christmas is God’s idea and why Jesus is the greatest gift God gave the world. Wednesdays 6:15-7:45 p.m., November 29-December 13. Led by Edie Snider.
 
 
Both men and women are welcome to join Because of Bethlehem by Max Lucado. Because of Bethlehem love is born and hope is here. Because God became human we know that God understands what it’s like to be human with all the hurt and pain, all the joy and happiness, and all the temptations to sin. Because God became human, died on the cross, and was raised we celebrate Easter and our own resurrection. Join the celebration—Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m., November 29-December 20. Led by Rhonda Asher.
 
 
The New Beginnings Living Water class will be studying Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? By Rick McKinley and Chris Seay. Are you fed up with how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? This year, take a stand! Join the growing groundswell of Christ-followers who are choosing to make Christmas what it should be―a joyous celebration of Jesus’ birth, not a retail circus. In four compelling sessions, Advent Conspiracy invites you to substitute compassion for consumerism by practicing four simple but powerful, countercultural concepts: Worship Fully―because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus! Spend Less―and free your resources for things that truly matter. Give More―of your presence: your hands, your words, your time, your heart. Love All―the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, the sick, in ways that make a difference. Sundays 9:50-10:45 a.m. beginning November 26. This class is led by Sarah Jane and Carney Taylor and meets in Room 23.