Advent 2021

This year at Irving Bible Church we want to rediscover the wonder, the surprise of God in the Advent story. Advent is the story of the unexpected offer of a hope that defied expectations, a peace unlike the world had known, a joy that resisted established boundaries, and a love that came for the unlikely

Christmas Eve Service at IBC

Friday, December 24 · 3 & 5 p.m.

Join us for Christmas Eve at IBC! Choose between two identical, family friendly services in our worship center.

We will gather together to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

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Kids at IBC

Christmas Eve Kids+

Kids+ is available for children 4 years old and under during the 3 & 5 p.m. services. Kids will enjoy time in their classrooms doing an activity.

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Rediscover the Wonder

Over the course of the 4 weeks of Advent, we will return to the familiar story and seek to see it through the eyes of those who lived it, rediscovering its element of surprise, and maybe being surprised anew at the wonder of it all.

Pray Together as a Church

Advent Prayer Guide

We're praying for the future of Irving Bible Church as we seek to become a multiethnic movement of missionary disciples formed in the way of Jesus for the sake of the world. You can pick up a hard copy of the prayer guide in Town Square or download it below.

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November 28 • SIMEON & Anna

The Gospel of Luke records the stories of Simeon and Anna, two people whose lives are characterized by patient endurance in hope. They both reached old age sustained by the hope that they would see Israel’s Messiah. When they encounter the infant Jesus, just days old in the Temple courts, they must have been surprised by what they saw. The source of hope is not what they were expecting.


December 5 • Matthew 2

The story of the birth of the “prince of peace” is accompanied by a story of a senseless act of violence. Herod, in an attempt to secure his own reign, killed all the boys under the age of two in Bethlehem and its vicinity. The pax Romana stands in absolute contrast to the pax Christi, the peace secured for us through the coming of Jesus, a peace that comes not through violence but through self-giving love. The great surprise is that the pax Romana failed, and the pax Christi lives on.


December 12 • Luke 2

The appearance of an angel is surprising enough, but both the content of their announcement and the audience of their announcement constitute the great surprises of this story. The surprise is that this great joy is for the whole world irrespective of the culturally and religiously imposed boundaries of the day. And the announcement of this great joy comes to the scruff, not the powerful, not the rich, not the dominant, not the religious or cultural “insiders.”


December 19 • Matthew

In the opening chapter of Matthew’s Gospel there are two names used to refer to the baby who is born to Mary and Joseph. By divine command, he is given the name Jesus, which means “the Lord saves” or “the Lord is salvation.” In an allusion to the prophecy from Isaiah 9, he is also referred to with the name Immanuel, which means “God with us.” These two names tell us so much about the surprising love of the Advent story, that the Lord has come to save the undeserving by being with us, taking on our humanity in order to save us.

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