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QUESTIONS FOR LARGE GROUP DISCUSSION (30 minutes):
Let's all have a Bible opened up to John 1:10-13 as we discuss what God was saying to us from this week's message.
- In John 1:10-11 it says, "the world did not recognize himand his own did not receive him." In verse 12, it says, "Yet to all who did receive Him." What is this contrast calling out? How does this apply to us?
- What does it mean to be adopted into God's family?
- What does it mean in verse 12 that "we have been given the right (or power) to become children of God"? What does that right or power entail?
- When an older child is adopted, they have a say in whether they want to be adopted by the family that has offered it. How is this similar to or different from our salvation and adoption into God's family?
- How is God's parenting philosophy different than ours?
- What does gratitude look like in light of this gift?
PUTTING THIS INTO PRACTICE
Based on how God has spoken to us through this weekend's message, here are some thoughts and examples of how we can put God's word into everyday practice.
This week, in the midst of the business of this season, spend some time in solitude with God reflecting on the real meaning of Jesus' Birth. Ponder the gift you have been given, and the choice that goes with it. If you have made that choice to receive the gift, listen to God voice and think of His priorities laid out in His word, and work out practical ways your gratitude can be expressed.