Arrival

by Dec 24, 2017Christmas, Emergence, Sermon

There’s nothing like the suspense of anticipation. Sometimes the wait seems like it lasts forever—like a child waiting for Christmas to finally arrive. When Jesus was born that first Christmas, the world had been waiting hundreds of years. But now for all of us, the wait is over. Our Savior has arrived!

Discussion Questions

What do you think leads to the commercialization and consumerism of the Christmas season? Why is the introduction of Jesus into the holiday uncomfortable for many people?

Why is it reasonable to trust the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus Christ? Read the following passages and summarize your insights about Jesus from these verses: Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14, Psalm 41:9 and Isaiah 53:1-12.

Why did Jesus come to earth? Why do you need a savior? Read John 3:16-17 and 1 John 4:10 and explain the details.

What role can you play in helping others understand the true meaning of Christmas? Why does it make sense to tell the Christmas story throughout the year? What is the relationship of Christmas to Easter?

Christmas is a season of lights. In what way is Jesus the light of the world? Read John 1:4. How does His light shine in and through your life?

If you could make a Christmas wish, what would it be?

Hidden for All to See

The arrival of God to earth could have been the most extravagant welcome ever seen—an all-out effort for an over-the-top celebration. But it didn’t happen that way. A few private announcements confirmed the arrival of Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah. But the Savior’s...