Community Group Discussion Questions
December 23 & 24, 2018: The Gift of Christmas
- What is an event you remember from childhood?
- Why do you celebrate Christmas? What is the main part of Christmas you celebrate?
- Read Luke 2
- Why do you think it’s important to celebrate Jesus’ birth?
- Read Luke 1:1-3
- What do these versus say about Luke? How does this shape how you read his accounts? (Luke originally wrote down these events for a man named Theophius who wanted to know what happened)
- What does it say about God that He designed the world’s savior to come in the form of a newborn baby?
- The Jewish people thought that their Messiah would be a political figure who would overthrow Rome, and restore power to Judaism. But Jesus didn’t come to establish Judaism, he came to fulfill God’s plan to bless the WORLD through Judaism.
- Talk about a time where you were expecting God to move in one way and He showed up in a totally different way.
- Read Luke 24: 46-47
- People ran and hid after Jesus’ death. Is there something going on in life now where God is asking you to wait for His timing? How can we challenge ourselves to not run and hide, but wait with faith that God will show up and do what He promises?
- What is the gift Jesus offers us on His birthday? (forgiveness)
- How do you open that gift?
- What does it say about God that He includes people who aren’t ‘high status’ in the Christmas story (and other major events throughout the Bible)
- If you could have one question about the Christmas story answered, what would you ask?
- What kinds of goals can you make this year based on what you learned during the Christmas season?
Norfolk Campus Sermon - December 16th: This is Christmas?
- Without getting into too much of a political debate, what are some things in the world right now you wish could be made right?
- Why do you think you have so much passion about this issue? Where do those feelings come from?
- Read Isaiah 9:6.
- Why is it important that Jesus was born human?
- Why is it important Jesus will have ‘the government on his shoulders’? Why is it important he has a political role?
- What comes to mind when you think about this new government? A one true King ruling over all? No more democracy, no more checks and balances? What does that say about your trust in Jesus?
- What are some differences you can recall from the Bible that shows how Jesus leads versus other Kings or CEO’s from history?
- Here are some truths about what the Bible says Jesus’ authority is like: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Which one resonates with you the most? What do you connect to?
- Read Isaiah 9:7.
- What stands out in this next verse?
- Reflect on: The Kingdom is coming, but the King has come.
- When trouble comes, try “Jesus, your Kingdom come, a Kingdom of ______________”
For example, you find out that your friends marriage is falling apart; “Jesus, your kingdom come, a Kingdom of Peace.”
- Invite 2 people to a Christmas Eve service. Pray about who God is leading you to ask