Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
EFCA Advent Devotional 2015
Series Title: Christmas In the Storyline of the Bible: Peace In the Midst of Tribulation
Series Theme Text: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Advent: Week One
From Very Good to Enmity, Pain, Curse and Banishment: Creation and the Fall (Genesis 1-3)
In our last devotional, which focused on our theme verse for advent, we learned three important truths. First, there is tribulation in this world. Second, Jesus is our peace, and the peace he provides is not like the peace the world gives. Third, the response to Jesus is captured in Thomas’ confession of faith that he is the Lord and God, and since our prayer is to see and savor the Savior, we join the confession in declaring, my Lord and my God.
But if we are to understand the person and work of Christ, the culmination of the story, we need to understand the whole story. We need to go back to the beginning of God’s creation and the subsequent fall of Adam and Eve. This is vital to understand if we are to grasp the story of Christ and Christmas.
To continue reading, please go to pages 6-7 here.