In John Wesley’s famous sermon, “The Almost Christian,” he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly.
In Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience, author and pastor Magrey deVega leads a group of authors including Matt Rawle, April Casperson, and Ingrid McIntyer in exploring how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent, and connect our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace.
Additional components for a four-week study include a DVD and a comprehensive Leader Guide, as well as Nativity hymns by Charles Wesley, litanies for lighting the Advent wreath, and prayers that can be incorporated into both worship and small group settings. A daily devotional and a Youth Study Book are also available.
Grab the book and DVD to create a four-week Bible study for small groups.
Almost Christmas - Love
Almost Christmas - Joy
Almost Christmas - Peace
Almost Christmas - Hope
Magrey R. deVega is the senior pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, FL and a graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. He was the leadership editor for Covenant Bible Study and the author of Embracing the Uncertain, One Faithful Promise, Awaiting the Already, and numerous small-group materials.
Matt Rawle is Lead Pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City, Louisiana. Matt is an international speaker and the author of a new series of books titled The Pop in Culture Series. The series includes The Faith of a Mockingbird, Hollywood Jesus, The Salvation of Doctor Who, The Redemption of Scrooge and The Gift of the Nutcracker.
Ingrid McIntyre is the Executive Director and co-founder of Open Table Nashville. She graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. with a Masters of Theological Studies. She currently serves on the Board of the Nashville Coalition for Homelessness, Nashville Transit Now and the Board of JustPeace: Center for Mediation and Conﬂict Transformation.
April Casperson is Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. She is an ordained deacon passionate about diversity and inclusion, vocational discernment, and the organizations that recruit, educate and equip leaders for thoughtful, intentional ministry. April is a licensed qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory assessment process.