Luke 1:78-79 (HCSB) “Because of our God’s merciful compassion, the Dawn from on high will visit us to shine on those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Matthew 1:20-23 (NIV) “…What is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’–which means, ‘God with us.’
1 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.
Luke 2:10-12 (HCSB) The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”
2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV) God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
John 12:32-33 (AMP) “When I am lifted up from the earth [on the cross], will draw and attract all men to myself.” He said this to signify in what manner He would die.
John 8:12 (HCSB) “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
John 12:35-36 (HCSB) “The light will be with you only a little longer. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you. The one who walks in darkness doesn’t know where he’s going. While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become sons of light.”
What is the most physically dark place you’ve been? How did you feel?
Read 1 Corinthians 1:10-16. How do these words connect with how we need light for our darkness? What is the source of darkness, and of the light?
How did you finally “see the light” about God through Jesus Christ? What did the light that shined into your life reveal most clearly to you?
Read 1 Timothy 3:16. What is the most mysterious thing about the Christmas story for you? The most surprising? The most wonderful?
How has the Christmas season changed for you as you’ve come to understand it’s true meaning over the years? What would you wish for future generations about celebrating Christmas?
If it’s age appropriate, have fun playing “Hide & Go Seek” with your kids inside your house. Turn off all the lights and teach them the fun of hiding in the dark. Consider finishing by sitting around a candle lit eating popcorn or some other fun snack. Ask them what they learned about what hiding in the dark is like. Make the point that rooms look very different in the light than in the dark. Some possible “teachable moments:” God doesn’t want us to stay in the dark, but to walk in his light; God can see us when we’re in the dark and we don’t need to be afraid; Eventually we’ll be found because the light will reveal us; It’s much easier to get around in the light than in the dark. Maybe readJohn 8:12 to them: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.
NorthPointe Community Church
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Wednesdays at 6:30pm