2018

Advent Book Study

This year we will have a choice of 2 books for our advent book study starting the week of November 26. 

Books are available in the Birmingham First main office or bookstore.

Current small groups can choose either of the books. If you are interested in joining a small group for the study, please contact Pastor Lindsey Hall.

All Earth Is Waiting - Good News for God's Creation at Advent

By Katie Z. Dawson

Quite simply, we have a responsibility to care for this earth in preparation for Christ’s return. This is the message of All Earth is Waiting. Explore the familiar Advent themes of hope, preparation, joy, and peace with the heavens and earth in mind and consider how all creation longs for the coming of Christ, taking seriously the notion that the good news of Christ is good news for all the world. Designed for individual or small-group use, each chapter of this Bible study offers questions for reflection and a brief prayer as well as Advent candle lighting liturgies, a call to worship, a prayer of confession, and hymn suggestions.

The book’s chapters include:

  1. The Source of Hope
  2. Clear the Way
  3. Discovering Joy
  4. The Peace of the World
  5. The Reconciliation of Heaven and Earth

Faithful - Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph

By Adam Hamilton
Explore the life of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ. We’re not that different from Joseph. True, we may not be part of a story that will be remembered for all time, but like Joseph, we encounter circumstances that we’d never choose for ourselves. At times, it can be tempting just to walk away, but Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand, faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. The story of Joseph provides us with a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. Additional components for a four-week adult study include a comprehensive Leader Guide and a DVD, as well as a Youth Study Book and a Children’s Leader Guide to create an all-church Advent study.

Chapter topics include:

  1. A Carpenter Named Joseph
  2. Whose Child Is This?
  3. Raising a Child Not Your Own
  4. The Journey to Bethlehem
  5. The Rest of the Story