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Advent Bible Reading


A plan to bring us joy at Christmas!

Thursday 23 November 2017 by Ad Taylor Weekes


The month of December is almost upon us which means that we have a natural opportunity to consider again the remarkable fact of God becoming flesh. The Christmas story is one that is probably very familiar to many of us and so we need to be praying all the more earnestly that familiarity does not blind us to the wonder of it.

To help me with that I usually try and work through a Bible reading plan that takes me through the Christmas story, to reflect on it in a fresh way. This year I'm going through the book, The First Days of Jesus, by Andreas Kostenberger and Alexander Stewart. In the Appendix they suggest an advent Bible reading plan where you read a section of the Bible each day alongside a section in the book. Of course, the Bible reading plan stands alone and so I thought I'd share it on the blog in case it's helpful for others. It's detailed below. There are, of course, other resources available. For example, with our children we usually use a Bible reading plan alongside making an Advent Tree, detailed in the Appendix of Disciplines of a godly Family.

However you choose to go about reflecting on the Christmas story this year, let's be praying that we would be left in awe and full of joy at the Word become flesh.

Advent Reading Plan





Luke 1:1-4

An account from eyewitnesses


Genesis 49:8-12

The scepter of Judah


Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-5

A child is born; a branch of Jesse


Micah 5:2-4

A ruler is born in Bethlehem


Matthew 1:1-17

Jesus' ancestry


Matthew 1:18-25

The virgin birth


Matthew 2:1-12

The visit of the magoi


Matthew 2:13-15

Escape to Egypt


Matthew 2:16-18

Herod's order


Matthew 2:19-23

Return to Nazareth


Luke 1:5-25

John the Baptist's birth foretold


Luke 1:26-38

Jesus' birth foretold


Luke 1:39-45

Mary's visit to Elizabeth


Luke 1:46-56

Mary's song (Magnificat)


Luke 1:57-66

Birth of John the Baptist


Luke 1:67-80

Zechariah's song (Benedictus)


Luke 2:1-7

Birth of Jesus Christ


Luke 2:8-21

The angelic announcement


Luke 2:22-40

Simeon's and Anna's prophecies


John 1:1-5, 18

The preexistent Word


John 1:6-8, 15

John the Baptist's witness


John 1:9-14

The Word-become-flesh


John 1:16-17

The law, grace and truth


Isaiah 52:13-53:12

The suffering servant


Revelation 21:1-8

A new heaven and a new earth

About the author

Ad Taylor-Weekes

Ad Taylor-Weekes

Ad works most-time for Emmanuel Bath as the Pastor. The rest of the time he is a music leader and a guitar teacher both privately and in a school in Wiltshire. He's husband to Jane and father to four lively children. He grew up in Bath and studied at the Cornhill Training Course from 2003-2005.

Seeking to let God's Word speak and shape

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