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Thrill of Hope Week 4 (Leader Guide)

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PREPARING FOR YOUR GROUP
Homework: (10-90 minutes)

  • Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide
  • If you missed it,CLICK HEREto watch the weekend sermon
  • If a certain quote from the sermon resonated with you, consider posting it to Twitter or Instagram. Here's a sample: The first and best Christmas gift ever is given to us all was in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. #cfchurch
  • Read John 1:10-14
  • Sit in prayerful silence with God for a while, and then ask the Holy Spirit if there is anything that He wants to do during your Group's time together.

BEGIN HERE WITH YOUR GROUP

Opening Prayer: (Say Aloud, 1 minute)
Pray the following prayer for your Group. Feel free to make the words your own.

(Pray Aloud)

Dear God,

Thank you for coming to earth as a vulnerable infant. You came to live with us so that you would be approachable, and so you would reveal your glory as the One and Only Son of God. We praise you and thank you for this gift, especially now at Christmas. Help us not to miss this. We love you, Jesus.

Amen.

Quick Connection: (Say Aloud, 5 minutes)

Let's have everyone take 30 seconds each to share a phrase or a moment from this weekend's message that is still resonating with them. You also have the option to say "Pass."

QUESTIONS FOR LARGE GROUP DISCUSSION (30 minutes):
(Note for Group Leaders)There are more questions than your Group will likely have time to get through. Choose the questions that connect to the aspects of the message that were resonating the most deeply with you.

Let's all have a Bible opened up to John 1:1-14 as we discuss what God was saying to us from this week's message.

  1. What is it you want this Christmas?
  2. Jesus came down and the Word became flesh dwelt among us. Incarnation. Does this change your understanding and experience of Christmas this year? If so, how?
  3. Jesus came so you could know Him. Do you also want to know more about God? Does He still seem far away and maybe even a little scary?
  4. How will you love Jesus back this Christmas?

CLOSING PRAYER (15 minutes):
If your Group is newly formed, it's probably best that you are the one who prays. If this time of prayer requires some vulnerability or transparency, be the first to pray so that you set a tone of honesty for everyone else.

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.

Pastor Steve gave us some practical action steps to slow down and intentionally gaze on the true meaning of Christmas. Here are some of them:

  • Make your Christmas playlist songs about JESUS
  • If you have a nativity set, linger there
  • This week – Read the story slowly right out of the Bible
    • Matthew 1-2
    • Luke 1-2
    • John 1
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