Advent at IBC

The Thrill of Hope

The story of Advent is the thrilling tale of God’s mission to save his good creation from the curse of sin by sending his Son into the world as the Great Rescuer. It’s a story that’s meant to make our hearts beat a little faster, to put knowing smiles on our faces, to fill us with hope for “a new and glorious morn” when the ache of this world-as-it-is gives way to the peace of the world that’s to come. The thrilling hope of the Advent story is captured poignantly in the classic Christmas hymn “O Holy Night.” This series will inspire the people of IBC with Advent hope by following the outline of the hymn over the course of the four Sundays of Advent.

Children at IBC

Christmas Eve KidZone

KidZone is available for children 3 years old and under during the 3:30 & 5 p.m. services only. Registration is required.

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Advent Events & Activities

  • Advent Kickoff

    December 29 & 10:45 a.m.

    We will begin the season of Advent, a beautiful 4-week journey toward celebrating the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Join us after both services in Town Square for hot beverages, festive treats, activities, and live music with the IBC family.

  • Christmas Eve Services

    December 242, 3:30, & 5 p.m.

    IBC will celebrate the birth of Christ with three identical candlelight services.

    KidZone is available for children 3 years old and under during the 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. services. Registration required.

    Register Your Kids
  • Family Worship Service

    December 309 & 10:45 a.m.

    Kids of all ages are welcome to our family worship services on December 30. Children’s Ministry will only be available for children 3 years and under.

  • Building Hours

    8 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Our building will be open 8 a.m.–10 p.m. throughout the season where you can enjoy the Children’s Play Area, Cuppa Expresso Bar (separate hours from IBC) and free WIFI.

    Please note: Early closing on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

    Please note: Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The Thrill of Hope

Join us every Sunday leading up to Christmas Eve for our Advent series, The Thrill of Hope. Through the lyrics of the classic hymn “O Holy Night” we’ll discover the life-changing hope of Christ for a weary world.

A New and Glorious Morn

December 2 • Isaiah 9:2-7

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.”

In his prophesy of the coming Advent of the Messiah, Isaiah says “the people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in darkness a light has dawned.” The first Advent of Jesus brought the breaking dawn of a new day, but ultimately Isaiah’s prophesy points ahead to the second Advent when Jesus will fully and finally reign “on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” Advent brings with it the thrilling hope of that new and glorious morn that is coming.

His Law is Love

December 9 • John 13:34-35 & John 15:12-17

“Truly he taught us to love one another. His law is love and his gospel is peace.”

The coming of Jesus brought with it a new way of life for God’s people living between the first and second Advents. Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it, to bring it to completion. Jesus came to replace the ethic of law-keeping with an ethic of love. As the hymn says, “His law is love.” Augustine once said, “Love first, then do whatever you wish.” Andy Stanley suggests that the question that “introduces inescapable clarity to just about every moral, ethical, and relational decision we will bump up against” is “What does love require of me?” Advent brings with it the new law of love.

Born to be Our Friend

December 18 • Matthew 1:18-23

“The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger, In all our trials born to be our friend.”

When Matthew tells the Advent story he draws on the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 about the virgin birth. Both Matthew and Isaiah underscore the powerful meaning of the name Immanuel, “God with us.” The great theme of the Bible is God’s desire to be with his people. In the Incarnation, that great theme takes bodily form as the Christ child is born in Bethlehem. The Incarnation is the ultimate act of divine solidarity with the suffering of his people. His Advent reminds us that he knows what it is to struggle and to suffer, that he’s with us in our struggle and our suffering, and that he’s secured for us a great hope beyond our struggle and our suffering. Advent brings with it the promise of his presence no matter what may come our way.

Chains Shall He Break

December 23 • Isaiah 30:18-19

“Chains shall he break for the slave is our brother, and in his name all oppression shall cease.”

Isaiah writes, “For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Between the Advents, we live in a world in which injustice and oppression are still alive and well. But it’s the birth of Christ that makes it possible for the slave to become our brother, for reconciliation to become a possibility in our world. Advent brings with it the great expectation that one day injustice and oppression will indeed cease forever.