20 Dec Discussion Guide: Jesus God With Us Week 3
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.
Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.
This Week’s Topic
Over the next three weeks we will be taking a look at the Christmas story, the narrative of the birth of Christ, and discussing the implications of what Jesus’ coming in the flesh has on our lives. We will be looking at how Jesus is with us to reign, to suffer, and to heal. When rightly understood, the reality of Christmas should shake us to the core and move us to worship God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to give ourselves to others the way Jesus gave Himself for us. Let us begin, as we seek to celebrate Jesus, God with us.
With us to heal.
Psalm 103:1-5, King David
“Bless the Lord , O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Why do you think David had to remind his soul to bless the Lord?
What is something you’ve seen God do in your past that you are thankful for?
Why is it important for us to maintain a heart of Thanksgiving and gratitude?
What makes it difficult to maintain that attitude?
What is something you feel you have lost over the last 12 months?
How might the pain you have felt in that loss help you better understand how God feels about the brokenness of our world, and the brokenness you have experienced?
What might it look like for you to mourn that loss?
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. “
Based on this passage (Rom 5) why do you think Paul says suffering leads to a hope that does not disappoint us?
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.””
What do you think Jesus means when He says He will, “make all things new?”
How can we know that promise is dependable and trustworthy?
How can trusting in that promise keep our hearts from growing bitter and hard when we experience pain and loss?
In light of what you have experienced in 2020, how might God be using that to shape you and conform you to the image of Christ?