Have you ever been singing Joy to the World and wondered,  "Why we would ever sing that song during the Christmas season?" If you take a look at the lyrics, they are clearly teaching about the return of Jesus as King. Yet, many people would miss the song dearly if we didn't sing it during the Christmas season.

For many Christians, when we think of Advent, we associate the season with the incarnation, which is commonly referred to as the birth of the God-man: Jesus. However, the history of the church paints a different picture. 

Throughout most of church history, the first Sunday of Advent marked a season of celebration which God started with the birth of Jesus and which God will finish when Jesus returns as the victorious King. 

A closer look at the carols we sing throughout the season gives evidence to this. Joy to the World is one of many carols that teach about the second Advent of Christ. 

As a church, we want to use this season of celebration to do the same. Each year we sing songs and read Scripture passages that point our attention to both Advents of Christ: His incarnation and His victorious return. 

In addition to celebrating Advent together as a church each Sunday, we are excited to provide an Advent Resource for your families to use in your own Christmas celebrations. We hope you enjoy the season and have a renewed thirst for Christ. Click on the link below to download a free copy. 

Download our 2015 Advent Guide