The Promise

The Promise: An Advent Devotional Series

A promise is an assurance that a certain thing will come to pass. We make promises all the time. Sometimes we see them through. Other times they never become a reality. But God is different. When he makes a promise, we can be confident that He will be faithful to bring it to fruition. The Bible is full of promises from God to His people, and there is one life-changing promise we celebrate every Christmas: God's promise of a Savior named Jesus. This Christmas season we take a look at four of the first people to see this incredible promise fulfilled.

Join us as we focus our attention on the hope, peace, love, and joy that God's Promise brings.  Let us take this opportunity to set aside time to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord.


Advent Reading Plan

The reading plan contains devotions for each of the four weeks before Christmas.  Based on the weekly themes of hope, peace, joy, and love, there are seven devotions for each theme.  There is also a devotion reading for Christmas Eve.


Week 1 - November 29th: Simeon – HOPE – Luke 2:25-35 / Isaiah 9:2

Overview: God was offering His people hope in Isaiah 9:2 by promising a light that would come to expel the darkness. Simeon’s encounter with the baby Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise to bring salvation to all people. Simeon had the audacity to hope that God would come through, even after years of waiting.


Week 2 - December 6th: The Shepherds – PEACE - Luke 2:8-14 / Isaiah 9:6

Overview: God promised in Isaiah that a day was coming when the Messiah would come and usher in a government of peace. The angels bring good news to the lowly shepherds and confirm that a new and unexpected way to govern was coming to pass that would indeed bring peace on earth.

Week 3 - December 13th: Zechariah – JOY – Luke 1:8-20,57-66 / Isaiah 40:3-5

Overview: God would prepare the way for Christ’s birth through his cousin John. John’s unlikely conception and birth bring his father Zechariah great joy because this child would be one crying in the wilderness, preparing the way for the Messiah’s coming.


Week 4 - December 20th: Mary – LOVE - Luke 1:26-38 / Isaiah 7:14

Overview: God’s promise in Isaiah is that He would come to dwell with His people and to rescue them. This is fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ, who is known as Immanuel, God with us. Jesus made a great sacrifice, giving up the splendors of heaven to come to earth. But He did more than just live among us, because of His great love, He provided a way for us to have eternal life. Jesus became the Savior of the world.


Christmas Eve – John 1:6-15

Overview: On Christmas Eve we celebrate that Jesus came as the Messiah, the One who would save the people from their sins. Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies spoken of Him through the ages, and in Jesus, we see a beautiful picture of the fullness of God.


Weekly devotions will be available for download by 12:00 noon, each Sunday before the week begins.


Angel Tree Offering
In lieu of our annual Angel and USO Trees, and to ensure the continued safety of our members,  we will have an Angel Tree Offering from December 1st -  December 17th, benefitting the United Service Organizations (USO), the Dallas Life Homeless Recovery Center, the Genesis Women's Shelter, Union Gospel Mission (men's shelter), and the UGM Center of Hope (women's and children shelter).  A portion of our Angel Tree Offering will also benefit members of our congregation who are in need.

You may give to the Angel Tree Offering online by clicking here, or you can mail your donation to the church.