Advent 2016: Christ Was Born For This: Day 1

First Sunday of Advent


Today's Text: 1 Timothy 1:15

Memorizing Scripture is one way to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, our Savior. This week, we will memorize the key verse for this Advent reading plan:

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
- 1 Timothy 1:15

Write this verse down in a place where you’ll see it often, or save the image below as your phone’s lock screen so you can read these words of truth throughout the day. As you memorize this verse, give thanks to God for the gift of His Son, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.


  • I’ve been trying to mediate more on the verses I read… while doing this on 1 Timothy 1:15, a few lines of a song came to mind, “take my heart Lord, take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.” This perfectly matches the prayer I had after mediation! Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy verse)… my prayer was repenting for sins that I have been struggling with lately (quick to anger and making my own plans instead of listening to God) and asking for the fruits of the Spirit to be more Jesus-like. I want to repent my sins but also become more Christ-like so I can bring other sinners to Christ. What a wonderful way to start off advent!!!

  • I praise and thank Jesus for saving me! I remember being sent to this church and my Sunday School teacher scared me to death! She would tell us if your hairs curled you’re going to hell. If you go to movies you’re going to hell. I had nightmares at night from this. I’m so very Thankful that I found the truth, Jesus reached down and saved me!

  • How wonderful to remember that he did it all for us. I pray that we can understand this amazing love in the closest way possible.

  • Thankful to be starting this journey

  • I love this

  • SarahPozzi

    I love that saying. We all sin and god will forgive the sins that we did…

  • We will never be sinless people but with faith and Redding the truth we will sin less.

  • Colleen

    I am working to reclaim my faith and strengthen my relationship with my partner. I feel God like a light within me guiding me and I pray often… but when I study scripture so many questions come up for me. Why does sin bare so much significance in the world? This may seem like an ignorant question but isn’t sin inevitable? Aren’t we forever imperfect – won’t we always be sinners? Bringing the narrative down to Earth… How do Christians articulate purpose in terms for someone who doesn’t “get it” and especially non-believers – whom are a large subset of my friends.

    • Lynnette

      Yes, Colleen, sin is inevitable. That is exactly why God sent his one and only son to die for us, for you. Without the Savior, we cannot get to heaven. God loved you so much (even in your sin) that He made the way for you to be with Him forever. It is our choice though, we have to choose Jesus and his saving grace.

    • Brittanie

      We all have a sinful nature, we are born in sin. Yet, we are God’s creation, and He is holy. By sending Jesus to live a perfect, sinless life and die a sacrificial death, we are able to approach God in repentance and humility, accepting His forgiveness.

      When Christians are saved, God begins a work of sanctification in us (Philippians 1:6). This is born of the Father, accomplished through the Son’s death, and carried out in us by the Holy Spirit who indwells in us (1 Peter 1:1-9). The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, righteousness, and judgement (John 16:7-8).

      Though we will always be waging war against our sin as long as we live on this earth (before Christ returns), God’s work in us will not stop. We are no longer characterized by our sinful nature, but by the Spirit who gives us life (Romans 8:1-11). So though we still sin, God has given us a desire for holiness and to turn away from our sin. We will fail Him daily, but He is gracious and abounding in love. When we come to Him asking for forgiveness, we receive it. And it is a cycle, until we are made perfect in His presence forevermore!

      I hope this helps!

    • Jennifer Wiebelhaus

      These are questions I am also working with, Colleen! The second one is tough, because each person is unique and the reasons they “don’t get it,” may vary. One book that really helped me was tim keller, the reason for god q and a -its actually a study guide but it describes how to approach those big questions. Starting the conversation has been the hardest for me.

      The first question about sin is really relevant question too. What it sounds like you are asking is, (and correct me if not): Why is sin a big deal? Aren’t we all sinners and don’t we keep on sinning after “becoming” a Christian?

      Until we are face to face with God, we cant fully understand the weight of sin or how sinful/dark/selfish/broken our hearts are. Not until we see His Perfect Heart and can compare.

      And God, being Holy and full of Justice, cannot be in the presence of sin. It is against His nature. That is why He sent Jesus to cover us. Our acceptance of Jesus death and resurrection as our covering, takes off our sin and cloaks us with His perfection. We are totally accepted. We receive 100% when we depend on what Jesus has done, not what we have tried to do. On the cross, Jesus said “why have you forsaken me?” This also explains sin. He was covered in sin. So his Father, who he previously had total union and communion with, had to turn away.

      In the Bible, when people see the smallest glimpse of the glory of God, they fall on their face and are overwhelmed with their unholiness ( can read about Moses or Isaiah for their accounts).

      But, the more time we spend in the Bible, reminding ourselves of
      1. who God is
      –[ can read psalms and think about how each word applies to God. For example, see that He calls himself Redeemer… what is that? what has it meant for me?]

      2. who he has called me/my new identity in Christ
      –[perfect, holy like HIM!, totally acceptable, irreplaceable, necessary]

      The more we see His Face/His Glory/His Perfect heart and understand how helpless/selfish we are without Him and how lucky we are that he gave us a new identity and the ability to have His Spirit in us because Christ covered us.

      I hope this helps some..Im still working on it too.

  • I’m joining a little late – but SO excited to share this study with fellow women of faith. My soul is thirsty!

  • This togetherness these comments our true love of the Lord this beautiful Advent Calendar is what this season is about. The fit I give back to Jesus is a new me.

  • Melissa

    I absolutely love SheReadsTruth and I am so excited to be doing an Advent study! The first time for me. I’ve done numerous studies on this app and I have had some beautiful worship ❤️
    Out of curiosity, it says this is a 29 day study but only days 1-9 are showing up when I open this plan. Will they be added or is this a glitch?

  • Kathleen

    A new friend showed me this site today, I’m already so fond of it! Can’t wait to dig into the word with you ladies!

  • Cannot wait to start this- I have been meaning to start a Bible Study and feel this is perfect for me to understand more about who Jesus is and just how in awe of Him I want to be <3

  • Kristin

    Just got the She Reads Truth app! I’m in a season of needing to draw closer to God than I probably ever have ever needed to before ( if that even makes any sense!). Looking forward to absorbing truth and allowing it to help me be a better wife, mom, friend & family member.

  • Crazy Kim

    Just getting started. Excited for Christmas and want to see the REAL meaning of Christmas this year!

  • Megan Freeman

    Excited to start this study!

  • Tammy Stepp

    Thank you for great reminder.

  • Elizabeth

    I love the season of Advent and can’t wait to further explore the miracle of the incarnation.

  • Candice Solomon

    Just started today. Going to catch up though. Haven’t done advent since I was a child, excited to start and experience this time of year with the Lord.

  • Momma B

    I’m excited to see the Lord deeper though this study as I dive in deeper

  • Yay! So excited to dive deeper into Christ’s purpose during this joyful season!

  • Sarah Haddix

    I just joined in today! So excited to be experiencing this advent with everyone!

  • Christ Jesus came into the world and his PURPOSE here was to save SINNERS!! Thank you Jesus!!

  • I just joined today. So excited to start this season of advent!

  • Abrianna

    Cannot wait to get back into reading consistently and pouring into His word. Lord, I believe! Help me overcome my unbelief! <3

  • Alle McCloskey

    I’m jumping in a bit late to the advent study – but I’m not allowing that to discourage or derail me! It doesn’t have to be perfect and I’m thankful for this community and resource!

  • It is encouraging reading all you posts here. God is so good, and praise Him for giving us access to studies and devotionals like this. I have a young baby so it is very good to be able to feed my spirit whenever I have a little free time in a touch of a button.

  • Evie Lawlor

    This is so true. I hope that my faith becomes stronger because of this.

  • Jasmine Kaleigh

    absolutely love this verse! souch conviction, and encouragement!

  • So thankful for this study that I will become stronger in Gods will .

  • Such a beautiful study as I love advent season and love the word of God but in awe of this community and the comments that challenge me and grow me. Thank you SRT and the amazing women who share their voice… you are all a blessing and daily powerful examples of the church “discipling the nations”.

  • Rebecca W. Mayo

    I am so thankful for the gift of this special Advent and to have the opportunity to focus on Christ as the reason for the season! Thank you so much, SRT family!

  • Looking forward to reconnecting w our Savior this Advent season!

  • susiedoozie

    I’ve been struggling with my faith a lot lately. The past year has been pure trials and tribulations – of which I am still going through. I have been pushing God away in anger and feeling pretty hopeless. I felt like God had abandoned me and I was just going through the motions, but lately I am being pulled back to my faith. (I was going to say push, but I believe it is God drawing me in and pulling me near.) I love that my first serious attempt this year to devote myself and hear God is starting with a message of hope.

    • claraann

      I too have had a very rough year. I went through a painful divorce from my husband of 12 years and lost my dad very suddenly just a few weeks later. It has been a struggle to find peace and comfort. I am hoping to find that in these devotions as well.

    • Megan Taylor

      Susie, I’m so sorry that you’ve had to struggle and that God has felt very far away. I pray that God would use this group and these studies to speak to your heart and surround you with His love. So glad you’re here with us :)

  • Kaitlyn

    This verse is one of my new favs! Yeah for being another kaitlyn! :)

  • Charlie

    Happy to be part of this community during this precious season of advent!!

    • She Reads Truth

      So glad you’re joining us, Charlie!

      Grace and Peace,

  • Mme.Langley

    happy to be joining this with you all. i am a sinner. thank you God for deeming me worthy of you!

  • Keri McCue

    So, excited about this study! I started reading SRT last year with the Advent study because a friend was reading it and I was totally intrigued! Needless to say, I have read every plan since and have been loving this community!!

    • She Reads Truth

      So glad you’re joining us, Keri! Looking forward to spending Advent together.


  • Love this community — just starting. Christ come into our hearts!

  • Nicolette

    What a blessing to have a reading plan that centers our focus on Christ this season!!

  • Also just started but what a great way to start. It is such an awesome reminder that Christmas is about Christ’s sacrifice and our great need of Him.

  • Just starting!

  • I’m just getting started as well. Thank you SRT, for this Advent study and all of the wonderful devotional studies you provide. This app is a true blessing in my life.

  • diana chan

    I’m 3 days late starting advent reading but I’ll catch up with y’all!

  • Robyn Porter

    Each year as I go into Advent, my intention is to go into it with gentleness and wonder, separating myself from all the craziness in of commercialism and worldly chaos. Unfortunately, it never happens. It is my prayer this year, again, that as I am more and more involved in the Word I may find peace, gentleness and wonder. I am new here and it is my prayer that among these sisters we may all find the same with each other as we worship together.

  • Akua-Sodio Flanagan

    My hope is to not have expectations but to find rest and to rest. I’ve been following along with the SRT community off and on for sometime now especially while I was deployed. I look forward to this season of Advent I’m going into this without expectations well maybe one to read everyday.

  • Beverly J Evans

    Excited to be sharing and reading this devotional with so many ladies!

  • Cheryl Kozachenko

    This is my first bible study. I’m really hoping it centers me in all of the world’s madness. I find this verse really interesting as to those last few words about sinner “…of whom, i am the foremost”. I love that it admits personal acknowledgment! Its not defensive, its not “those people” its pure admission of personal sinning. Thats speaks the to me ad the highest humility of all.

    • Akua

      Hi Cheryl. Thank you for allowing me to see the words in the verse and not just read them. It’s about ownership, owning my own sin. You’re words got me thinking and excited. Thank You

  • Jane Elisabeth

    So excited to start this! This verse brings up all kinds of emotion inside of me. First, that Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for me. This sends chills up my spine & fills my eyes with tears. So very humbling. Next, I take pride in the fact that I’ve turned away from all the repeated and known sin that held me down in my past before I dedicated my heart to God and that could’ve separated me from Him in my future. Lastly, I am humbled yet again to remember that I am not perfect, He is only perfect and I can only strive to be more and more like him. Thank you Jesus!

  • I have been going through some tough time, some struggles and due to those, I have pulled away from God. I was very upset and felt he didn’t care about what was happening, that maybe I was to bad of a person for him to even care for. Everything in my life is causing me to be stressed out to the point where I am shaking, have anxiety attacks, etc. So I am to this advent season scared and confused, but with an open heart ready to reading about Christ Jesus and his love.

    • Julie

      God’s love is beautiful, and so are you, Joanna. Keep on keeping on ~ God is right there with you. You are never alone.

    • Alecia

      Joanna, I am going through a similar situation where I’ve had so many tough times in the last few years that I can’t do anything without suffering with extreme anxiety. Jesus can be there for us – stay strong.

      • Irina

        Joanna and Alesia, my beloved sisters! God loves you and he is amongst you, right there where you are trying to reach him. Rely on him, He is your refuge and shield.

    • Barett

      Oh Joanna, I am feeling the same. I have fallen so far from where I used to be. My anxiety is to the point where it is interfering with my daily life. I’m praying this advent season and making time daily to study His word again centers me before I resort to medication. I will be in prayer for you, you are not alone.

  • Victoria Rae

    I’m so excited ladies!

  • So excited to be doing this study !! I want Christ to always shine even in the midst of all other traditions and festivities!!

  • Johanna

    can’t wait to reconnect with Jesus this advent season!

  • I’m so excited for this study. I’ve been a believer my entire life, but was never taught about Advent. So my family is all in, we got the he/she/kids package and we’re ready to study, hope for, and look forward to Jesus’ return one day, this Christmas season!

  • Starting this a day behind but WOW how I need to remember to ask God to remove spiritual blindness by my sin and see how much I need Him!

  • Kaitlin

    “Of whom I am the foremost.” THIS. How often we forget this part. May we acknowledge that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. But if we acknowledge His death, we must also acknowledge His birth. His birth in that day was scandalous. God’s plan has always been scandalous and mysterious and beautiful. May we never lose our wonder as we celebrate Advent and grow closer to Jesus this Advent season. Prayers that He would fill up this community of believers and reveal something new this season. Xo

  • Lindsay Sterchi

    This verse is a great reminder of my brokenness and need for Jesus. What a wonderful place to begin during this Advent season.

  • “Of whom I am the foremost.” Praying for a fresh sense of awe of God’s holiness and mercy this season.

  • Joining in with this study for the first time.

  • So glad that He did come to save us!

  • Allison

    So grateful for a community of believers that is passionate and devoted to preparing our hearts for our King! Thank you Lord for providing a platform for us all to share the Good News together and prepare our hearts for you during such a meaningful and powerful season!

  • This verse was a part of the sermon today at church. “….Jesus came to give life & second chances to those who blew the first chance, not to make good people better….” Jesus came for a sinner like me. So much love for this.

  • Robin Ashcraft

    I’m so thankful I found this study. We have a small group of us doing it together. Thank you for bringing us together <3

  • So glad that I am starting this with you all! Glad to part of this community. I love this humbling verse. Thank you Jesus for your grace you give me every second of the day even when I fail you.

  • Lauren Rogers

    This is the first time in weeks, maybe months, that I have read the comments section of anything with a smile on my face. What a blessing to be in community with women who lift each other up, support and empathize. Let’s continue to do this for each other in times such as these. Excited to continue this advent season.

  • Thanks for your honest, ladies! Meeee too!! I just deleted Facebook from my phone…hope that helps me stay on track to being much more intentional with this time of waiting, this advent season. Blessings to you all!

  • Shelly Turnbough

    I’ve had a sinking feeling lately…turning my mind off and getting lost in Netflix when I could be in relationship with Christ! Glad to be in community with you ladies this advent season! looking forward to hearing some truth.

    • Laura

      Love this! I know what you mean!

    • Angelina

      I’m feeling the same way with social media. I feel lost and that my relationship with God is always taking two steps forward, one step back. Glad we are all in this together!

    • Ashley

      I have found a lot of great inspirational faith related accounts to follow on social media accounts, but it is early enough to combat the majority of the distracting nonsense we find on it. It’s an interesting concept to retreat from social media during this time, almost like lent, but preparing our hearts for Christ’s arrival. Today at church out pastor spoke about how we prepare for a king. How on earth would you prepare for a king to come into your home? Cleaning no doubt, food perhaps, all of the comforts of home, the best bed linens… But Jesus, or King, is not concerned with our homes… He’s interested in our hearts!!! I love to share what is going on in my life and seeing how others are, but I’m wondering if maybe I could set some social media rules for myself! It definitely wouldn’t hurt n the weeks leading up to finals!

    • Becca

      Getting lost in Netflix-this resonates with me-seeking and praying for discipline for all to prioritize time!

  • Angela Currie

    It’s been years and now months since my last visit to church. I’m feeling guilty and came upon this advent study myself. I’m excited. My study bible had this: a key teaching for “of whom I am the worst” is The closer one gets to a holy God, the more the magnitude of one’s sin becomes evident. Powerful.

    • Emily

      Hi Angela! I pray this study reminds you of why you began walking with Christ in the first place. I like to think any step we make back toward Christ causes Him joy.

    • Shelly Turnbough

      Glad you’re here!!

  • Sara B. Stacy

    I was looking at the full verse in my Bible and noticed a reference back to the first chapter of Matthew…the 21st verse, “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” What hope for this first Sunday of advent, hope in the Savior coming forth to save us, of which I am chief sinner. Hope in Him, hope for us, for the world.

  • Candice

    Excited to read this study

  • I am in need of prayer. I have been feeling lost and it’s been weeks and maybe even months since I’ve been been to church or opened my bible. I randomly decided to go on today to see what was going on and it happened to be Day 1 of the advent study. I’ll take that as God pushing me along to find my way back.

    • Courtney

      Praying this season of advent meets you where you are and fills you with encouragement, grace and love.

    • Jess Haggard

      I find myself in the same situation you are in. I feel lost and very distant from God. I know that is my fault and not his. I downloaded the app today in hopes that by starting the advent reading it would draw me closer to Him. Praying for you Emily.

    • Jaimie

      Praying for you Emily! I can relate to feeling lost but God’s timing always seems to work out perfectly. I pray that God reveals himself to you through this advent study and blesses you with a good community wherever you may be.

    • Amanda

      Me too my dear :) Looks like God is nudging both of our hearts back to him. I’m looking forward to getting back on track!

    • Emily

      Thank you everyone. I will be praying for you all as well!!!!! <3

  • Ellie Shepherd

    Of whom I am the worst.


    Excited for advent!

  • McKenna Hazel

    So excited for this study!!

  • Usually I do advent devotions on my own. What joy I have in my heart to be able to study with other women. Thank you

  • Thank you Jesus!!

  • Looking forward to joining this study.

  • Anna Louise

    Thankful for salvation through Christ and peace with God! Sweet truth to meditate on tonight. Excited to do this advent study!

  • Is this study free every day?

  • Such a simple, yet powerful, statement. Excited for this study.

  • Selina sanders

    Looking forward to this years study

  • Bethany

    I’m so excited about the study! Loving the weekly verse.

  • I’m excited to spend Advent with you guys!

  • Jenifer Metzger

    Excited for this journey with other shes! <3

  • Lindsey Grudnicki

    Looking forward to spending these weeks in Truth!

  • Adrienne

    A verse that is simple but yet such a powerful punch !

  • Sheri Merchen

    I’m new. This is great. My coworkers told me about this!!

    • Denise

      Welcome Sheri ! It IS great ! So very glad your coworkers told you about SRT. I started in January and it has so blessed my life and I have learned so much. They delve into the details and bring out points I had never considered before. The SRT community comments are equally revealing in insight of the Word and how to apply. It is also a safe place to share. I look forward to each daily devotion as my Bright Spot of the day.

  • The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
    2Pe 3:9 NIV

  • I purchased the plan…but it still says buy. Anyone know why? Or where my purchased plans go, or how long it actually takes to register that I’ve purchased the plan? Thanks

  • Advent! I didn’t stumble upon SRT until just after Advent last year so I’m excited for my first year with ya’ll!

  • Wondering how many of you are joining from IF: Gathering. Excited that our community will be joining yours for this study.

  • Sometimes we forget Jesus came for the sick and the lost. And even for those who think they have it all together. Love this reminder!

  • Brittany Wimberly

    Is it just the verse and telling you to write it down today or am I missing some?

    • Jennie R

      Sunday’s are usually left for people (like me) who get behind during the week. I’m sure this is just the introduction and full devotionals will start tomorrow.

    • Pamm Collins

      Today, Sunday, is the first day of advent. The scripture is to memorize and meditate on all day. :)

  • Caitlin

    The last few years have been utterly exhausting especially around Christmas. I’m trying to set a new pace of life and I’m so excited to focusing on Advent this year and preparing my heart for Jesus. Really excited to be going on this journey with you lovely ladies. My husband is doing the He Reads Truth Advent study and I excited we can do this together.

  • Hi ladies, this is my first study and I bought it through the app. It says it was added to my bookshelf but I’m not sure how to access it. Any help?

    • Lana

      Hi Amanda! Try swiping from left to right twice. Hope this helps!

    • DGreen

      Same thing happening to me did you figure it ok?

    • DGreen

      Hi Amanda, I clicked to purchase again then it said you already own get it for free so clicked and now it shows as purchased. Hope that helps!

  • Abigail

    Looking forward to this study, as I’m trying to stay focused on what’s important this season (and in general, for that matter). For this verse in particular, I found it very helpful to read it within the context of the entire chapter; leading up to this verse, Paul expresses his frustration with teachers wasting time on disputable matters and outlandish teachings. To me, this made his proclamation in this verse that much more meaningful: “Look, all this other stuff aside, Jesus came to earth to save sinners. Period.”

    • Ashely

      That is so wonderful, AMEN! Thank you for searching into this verse. It is such a simple and powerful idea.

  • Shannon C.

    Thank you! I love that this is a short and sweet verse. I can memorize it and so can my 4 year old!

  • Excited to start my first Advent study plan! And especially excited to do it with you ladies! Thankful for a GREAT God who came down to save us sinners.

  • Love it! Jesus is the reason for the season! Looking forward to this study :)

  • Sandy's

    Advent is always one of my favorite time of the church year with the anticipation of the coming of Christ. Last year’s study was great and looking forward to this year as we look at Jesus as Prophet, Priest and King.

  • This is the first year that i consciously would love to experience the true meaning of advent and not get caught up and miserable with the pressures from worldly views on what Xmas is.

  • Emma Bjorback

    Last year there was a study pack is there going to be something similar this year?

  • I need to focus on what God has done for me through Christ, especially during Christmas. Rather than thinking of presents or family drama. I desire to focus on God’s Word, His goodness & call on my life.

  • Does anyone know if this is a daily or weekly study? Thanks!

  • Excited to start this study and headed into the Christmas season with praise to God for His grace and mercy. 36 days alcohol free. 1 day at a time.

    • Elizabeth

      Praise Him indeed! Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord! Rejoicing with you in His work in you! One day at a time, yes! Through His mercies that never end!

    • churchmouse

      Praying for you! Proud of you!

    • Colleen

      Way to go, Angela!! Praying this Advent season is a huge encouragement to you!!

  • So excited to do this study with so many other believers! I love this Christmas season, but I desire more than ever to focus on the purpose of the season. Christ was born for THIS. To save ME. HE knew I would never be perfect, but He loves me so much that He was born, suffered a terrible death, and defeat death for ME. Thank you, Jesus, for your gracious gift of salvation! We are so undeserving.

    • Tessa Schroll

      Hi Abby, loved reading your message. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the busyness of the holiday season but I really want to focus on Jesus and the reason we celebrate christmas in the first place. So glad we’re on this journey together!

  • RoseBergamot

    I decided I needed to get back into the word. So excited I learned we are on day one of the advent plan! So glad to jp

  • Myra Gale Gavini

    I know I need to study this plan. Not sure how my heart and mind will be during this season especially after losing my daughter this past July. Thankful for Jesus.

  • Yes! A trustworthy statement! So thankful for Jesus!

  • I needed this today. Ive been a christian for almost five years but I backslid badly over the past year and I’m trying to turn back fully in repentance. Looking forward to doing this study with you ladies! xox

  • Hello sisters- I am new to SRT and was wondering if day 2 will pop up tomorrow for the reading like it is a daily access thing, or if the readings should all be accessible at once. Any help would be great! I just want to make sure my readings are working right since I payed for this.

  • Diane Turner

    So excited about Advent. Some friends from Sunday shared with me that it started today so I didn’t have time to order the beautiful book but am excited to experience it here!

  • Laura Ann

    Thankful for the relentless love of Jesus Christ and excited to share the coming Advent readings with wonderful Christain women from around the world!

  • Christy

    So thankful he did!!!!

  • Pascale

    One of today’s readings from the liturgical calendar is Romans 13:11-14 “You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”
    I love how Jesus came into the world to save sinners from works of darkness and made it possible for us to clothe ourselves with the armor of light and shine bright with him. Advent is expecting that God is on the move. It was true of Israel before Jesus’ birth as it is of us today expecting His return, or his miracle in our day to day life.

  • Shirley

    I am going to love preparing my heart and mind for Christmas with this devotional.

  • Stephanie

    I love starting this off by reading Paul’s testimony! What a way to tune my heart as we start!
    I’m so thankful, grateful, and full of praise to God whose grace abounds and who saved me! ❤️

  • Tiffany

    I’m grateful to be filling my heart with the true reason for the season. It so often gets lost and I’m just as guilty as the rest. Ready to learn more and grow closer to Him.

  • I am thankful that Christ came for all sinners, even when we as sinners turn from him, He is still our savior

  • Karen K.

    I am so grateful to be joining in! it’s my first and my most favorite season to be thankful ❤

  • I’m thankful that because of Christ’s coming and my faith in his salvation that I am no longer called a sinner. I am called a saint! What a happy thing to meditate on that we don’t need saving again, but get to remember what it means that we have been transferred out of darkness.

  • May we, not hide this truth under a bushel, but share it, this holiday season and all year.

  • Alley B


  • I tend to go through the studies late so excited about reading through this study together with you ladies! Lord, please help us to learn and grow together! Thank you for these women!

  • Sarah Ann


  • Brandee

    I’ve wanted to do an advent study for a few years and I look forward to doing this everyday.

  • I have never actually participated in an advent study. Really hoping I can be consistent and actually do one this year! ❤️

  • Looking forward to this devotional throughout Advent!

  • So excited to dive in to His word during Advent. ❤️

  • Miranda

    So excited for this Christmas season and a renewal in my spirit! ❤️

  • Sarah yoder

    It’s a solid reminder of who I am in comparison to who God is. I am a sinner. He came to save me. He is able because he is not a sinner. I can trust in him because he is perfect. He is literally the one person I can believe in without fault because he cannot faulter!

  • I love the image of a knotted rug that was used to illustrate 1 Timothy 1:15, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
    Knot: A fastening made by tying together // a unifying bond // a tight cluster
    Jesus Christ ~ the Word made flesh ~ has fastened His everlasting love to us through Cross-ties. His Spirit unites with ours, by grace through faith alone. And an unbreakable, unshakable bond forever interlaces us with God Himself ~ creating a tightly woven tapestry fit for a King!
    Thank You Jesus for coming, once for all…prepare our hearts for Your coming, once again!

  • CCSojoruner

    What a good reminder in the aftermath of this contentious election season that Jesus Christ came to save ALL of us sinners, regardless of which “side” we’re on. It’s a humbling reminder for me to love my neighbor because we’re all reliant on God’s great grace.

  • Kelly Mathews

    I am excited to start this Advent study!

  • I’m so excited for this Advent study! Last year’s was AMAZING!!!

  • Annette Briones

    If Christ did nothing else but save me from my sin, that would be more than enough!!Yet He still blesses us beyond measure and I can’t help but be thankful when I’m reminded of all His goodness.

  • God came to save ALL sinners not just a select few. We (sinners) need to just turn our eyes on him and repent with a sincere heart.

  • LesleyRyden

    Jesus came to save sinners… not just at the moment of our salvation but every single day as I wake up with an anxious heart, a selfish attitude, and a grumbling spirit. He saves us from our sins, from ourselves over and over. How glad I am that He is a God of endless “agains” and that His mercies are new every morning. Blessings this Advent season my sisters.

    • Suzanne


    • Ronda

      I often find myself feeling the same way ….with an anxious heart, a selfish attitude, and a grumbling spirit… oh I can’t even like myself but praise God He can love me! Thankful for Jesus my Savior and Redeemer!

  • The bookends of this simplistic truth from Paul’s pen are just as impacting. He introduces this truthful and life changing statement by reminding Timothy that this is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance. No questions. No hesitation. No reservation. This is why HE came! And then immediately after he makes this statement, Paul claims he is the worst of all sinners. This humbles me and reminds me that I need to be on my knees thankful that HE came! I feel I am the worst, but there are days where my attitude needs to be adjusted as such.

  • Hello everyone! So excited to be starting this! I’m new to the SRT family and I’m ready to dive in! God is so AWESOME!!!!

  • Krystal

    So thankful to have this study. I need it so much during the holidays and what a perfect verse to posture our hearts on thankfulness and the love and mercy of God.

  • Latonya

    This is such a great verse to put this season into perspective.

  • Oglatha

    excited to be studying this

  • This verse is the perfect place to kick off the advent season. This is just the perspective I needed to focus on the reason for our winter celebrations. Jesus came for this. For me. For my sins. So thankful for a savior.

  • Cynthia

    The Word became flesh. God’s expression of Himself came wrapped in flesh as a babe! He came to save sinners! Hallelujah! What a Savior!

  • Pamela Jo

    Today we light the Advent candle of HOPE. I wish you all blessings of HOPE and JOY, PEACE, and LOVE.

  • Sonja Cox

    So thankful JESUS came down from heaven to save me and all of us who He chose to be alive in Him! And thankful for His very real presence in my life!!

  • Jesus came into the world to save us. He came for me. My prayer is that during this season of Advent that the lost would hear the message of Christ and believe.

  • Susan Dexter

    Oh to think, Christ Jesus died and suffered for me, for all! So very humbling and for this I am eternally grateful!

  • Melissa

    While we were yet sinners, Jesus died for us…..the latter part of this verse is so important. Many times we as people forget the depraved nature that we are born into, OF WHOM I AM THE WORST. This statement should keep us all so humble and grateful for the gift of the sacrificed Son of God, Jesus Christ. I am thankful today!!!!

  • Amen! He did not come to save the righteous, but those who are struggling with sin.

    “I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” ~‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:32‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    “When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”” ~‭Mark‬ ‭2:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  • Sara Pappas

    Thank you Lord for your grace!

  • Thank you Lord for saving my soul, Thank you Lord for making me whole!

  • Ljohnson

    I definitely need to add the last phrase of the verse to the memory work:
    Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners… of whom I am the worst.

    • Lana

      Totally agree. It adds a level of compassion and humility, which this season is about! It also kind of makes me chuckle a little. How happy I am to live in God’s grace.

      • Megan Peiler

        Also agree! They left a very important part off the memory verse.

  • My daughter introduced me to this site. I am so excited to begin a new study with this group. I am super excited to share this with my daughter. Even if we aren’t in the same plan, we are sharing this together. If you knew some history, this is a big deal for me. Two years ago, she wasn’t even speaking to me. She is my blessing. Has been since day 1 more than 23 years ago when I first found out my little surprise was on the way! <3

    Now, happy to share this with other ladies who love Jesus too.

    • Lynne

      Tami, you will enjoy SRT. You will also enjoy the sisterhood that is here. Sisters are praying for each other when they are complete strangers. Isn’t it awesome how our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ brings us together!!! I’m glad you and your daughter have been reunited!

    • Naomi

      Welcome Tami…so glad you are a part of this wonderful community of truth seekers!

    • Joy

      I agree wholeheartedly with Lynne and Naomi…you will so enjoy being apart of a community of women who love the Lord and are lifting one another up to the One who loves us most.

  • Today I am grateful for the living presence of Jesus in my life…and for my beautiful Advent book and the SRT team. Blessed.

  • Thank you, Father for sending your Son. This is my favorite time of year, and I can’t wait to see what all God pours out through this study.

  • Jasmine

    This is my first time celebrating advent. I rediscovered god and the church almost a year ago. I’m ready to give everything to Jesus . I cant wait to explore the Bible with this plan.

    • Kendra

      That’s so exciting, Jasmine! Advent is the perfect season for loving and discovering Jesus. I’m excited too!

  • churchmouse

    “Christ’s birth was the way of salvation whereby our Prophet became the message, our Priest became the sacrifice, and our King became the servant of all.” The message. The sacrifice. The servant. Jesus. He became all this so we could call Him ours. And this is just day one! Wonderful that we can study this together. (The study guide… Awesome!)

  • Thank you Jesus for coming to save us. I pray my husband would come to know you as a savior this holiday season.

    • Beth

      Praying with you that your husbands heart will be open to the calling of the Holy Spirit.

    • churchmouse

      Yes, will pray for your husband. Will you pray the same for my sister Mary? Thank you

    • Brandi

      Will be praying that our husbands hearts will be softened and pliable under the hand of our Father! I know He wants our men to rise up as the mighty warriors He created them to be. And the enemy is fighting to keep them blind to the Truth and ineffective in our families and THE Kingdom family! Praying for the Father to move in an awesome and powerful way in our husbands, our marriages and our families! To be honest I don’t know how long our marriage can survive. He told me to move out a few days ago. Still here but struggling to know what to do or to care. . . I cherish you guys and your comments and prayers! Praying for our husbands!

    • Paris

      I just prayed for him. God is faithful and just. Over a 15 year period, I diligently prayed my husband. He now loves the LORD. Never give up!

  • Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
    Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalm 32:1-2

    Blessed are the forgiven. Psalm 32

  • Allison Taylor

    Came over from IF:Equip. So looking forward to learning more and focusing my heart on this seasons true meaning.

  • I can’t wait to prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth through this advent study!

  • Thank you Father for the gift of your son Jesus who takes away the sins of the whole world. Thank you for the life we have in Him.

  • i’m excited to be starting this advent journey. i’m just starting to explore jesus and the bible, and srt has helped me so much with where to start! happy first sunday of advent, ladies!

    • Alyssa

      So glad to be joining you <3

    • Christy

      This brings me joy!

    • Danielle

      I’m beginning my journey as well. I’ve considered myself a Christian for always but haven’t gotten deep into my studies of the bible or the community until recently so it’s like starting a whole new journey. So excited to be a part of this as I grow as a Christian!

      • Ashley

        I feel the same as you two! I was raised in the church, know scripture in general, have church services memorized pat (Lutheran) but I have been so back and forth. I’m so excited to be diving into scripture beginning with advent! I participate in some of beatitudes posts to get a feel for the community and I’m happy so far with the content! The advent book is just beautiful, as well! Praying for growth and deeper understanding, for myself and all!

    • Triple G Ranch

      Welcome Elise! Look forward to sharing this season with you!

    • Diane Turner

      Praying for your journey!

  • Thank God that ‘He saw me ruined in the fall, yet loved me not withstanding all’ and sent His only begotten Son to be my Saviour!

  • saranoel

    I am a sinner, yes. Jesus Christ is my savior and I cannot express how thankful I am to have found Him.

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