09 Dec Discussion Guide: The Arrival Week 2
One of the things we value within community is fun. In the midst of all the pressures life throws at us, it is our ability to laugh, play and celebrate together that reminds us we serve a good, loving, and resurrected Lord who stands above it all. So, we want to take the first few minutes of our time together to play, have fun, and celebrate the fact that we belong to Jesus.
Today’s Ice Breaker: Name That Christmas Tune
To play Name That Christmas Tune you will divide the group into two teams. Have the teams sit together on opposite sides of the room so you can tell the teams apart. You will do 8 rounds and the team with the most points at the end is the winner. If the game is tied after 8 rounds you can have a sudden death round to determine the winner.
During each round you will play a Christmas song from your phone, tablet or computer (links below). It can be a well known Christmas song, or a not so well known Christmas song. Whichever team recognizes the song first will indicate they are ready to make a guess by raising a hand. That team has 5 seconds to give the correct title of the song. If they are unable to give the correct title then the other team gets to continue listening to the song until they are ready to make their guess. Whichever team gets it correct first gains a point. If neither team guesses correctly then no point will be rewarded.
You can use these YouTube links for the songs you want to use, or if you have a Spotify, Pandora, or other music streaming service you are free to choose your own songs.
What You Will Need:
- Phone, tablet, or computer
- Speaker (or just use the built in speaker on your device)
- Paper to keep track of score
For centuries, Christians have referred to the Christmas season as Advent, a word that means the coming of, or the arrival. It is the Christian belief that what we celebrate during this time of year isn’t just a thought or a feeling, or even just the exchanging of gifts, but that we celebrate the news that something has arrived, something new has come into our world. And, that new thing is in fact a Person who, having arrived, changes everything. Today we will continue to walk through the implications of Christ coming in the flesh to transform our lives and our world.
Why do you think the need to belong is such a powerful force in our lives?
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
As we look at Scripture, both Old, and New Testaments, what can we conclude regarding God’s heart for diversity?
Why do you think God wants it that way?
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Why do you think our love for one another helps the world know Jesus better?
How might a diverse Gospel-community reflect Jesus in ways a homogeneous Gospel-community might not?
How might those differences bring healing into our world?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community
“A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner.”
What is difficult about being part of a diverse community?
What makes it worth fighting for though?
What does it mean to truly love someone?
How is that different from just “Not hating” someone?
How does the fact that we all (regardless of skin color, socioeconomic status, educational level, job status, etc.) celebrate the gift of Jesus coming to give Himself as a ransom for us, unite us as a people?