Holiday

Don't Myth Christmas - Part 2

Christmas POP QUIZ:

  1. The "Wise Men" were at the manger scene when Jesus was born. T   |   F
  2. The Bible says there were three Wise Men. T   |   F
  3. The Bible says the Wise Men rode on camels. T   |   F
  4. The Wise Men were kings. T   |   F
  5. The Wise Men were Oriental and Ethiopian. T   |   F

Intro:

  • WISE MEN:
  • CHIEF PRIESTS:
  • HEROD:

Which Character Are You? (Matt 2:1-16)

  1. Herod: I'm King of my Life, not Jesus.
  2. Chief Priests: The King is born? Meh .
  3. Wise Men: I will Worship the king.
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3 Things to Worship Like the Wise Men:

  1. Pursue Him
  2. Humble yourself before Him
  3. Give to Him

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Small Group Discussion
Read Matthew 2:1-16

GROUP

  1. What surprised you the most about the story of the Wise Men and Herod? What myths have you believed about this account (e.g., there were three of them, they were there right when Jesus was born, etc)?

  2. What is the significance of the gifts given in Matt 2:11? Why is giving a part of worship?

BREAKOUT

Pray for one another!

Don't Myth Christmas - Part 1

Intro:

John 8:41 - ...They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father--even God."

Why I Believe Jesus Was Born of a Virgin:

  1. It is the Straightforward teaching of scripture.

    Genesis 3:15 - I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring...

  2. God is Able to do it.

    Luke 1:37 - Nothing will be impossible with God.

  3. It is Essential for salvation.
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Small Group Discussion
Read Matthew 1:18-25

GROUP

  1. Why is the virgin birth an essential doctrine of our faith? What would it mean if Jesus WAS just “Joseph’s son”?

  2. Why do you think so many churches / pastors / Christians deny the straightforward teaching of God’s Word regarding the virgin birth? What reasons would motivate someone to deny it?

BREAKOUT

Pray for one another!

Did Jesus Find You?

Introduction:



Two Signs that Jesus is Pursuing You (Luke 2:12):

  1. Wrapped in swaddling cloths = Why He came: He has come to Die.

  2. Lying in a manger = How He came: He has come in Humility.
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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Luke 2:1-20

  1. What distractions keep you from seeking Christ as you should?

  2. What is the biggest way Jesus changed you when you found Him?

  3. What was your big "take-away" from this passage / message? What did you learn that you didn't know before?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another to continually be seekers of Christ. 

Did You Find Jesus?

Introduction:



What's True About People Who Find Jesus:

  1. They made Room for Jesus. (Luke 2:1-7)

  2. inn = kataluma

    Mark 14:14 - and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' = guest chamber

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  1. They Actively went after Jesus. (Luke 2:8-16)

  2. Isaiah 61:1 - The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound

    1 Corinthians 1:27 - But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong


  3. They are never the Same. (Luke 2:17-20)

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Luke 2:1-20

  1. What distractions keep you from seeking Christ as you should?

  2. What is the biggest way Jesus changed you when you found Him?

  3. What was your big "take-away" from this passage / message? What did you learn that you didn't know before?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another to continually be seekers of Christ.