Examining Isaiah 7, John 1, and Exodus 25, we look to the incarnation of the Son of God. We discover a disappointing God who walks with us through sin, suffering, and death, instead taking us around sin, suffering, and death.
At Christmas, we celebrate an Advent (coming) that has already happened. As believers, we also look forward to a day when Christ will come again in the future. But there's another Advent that's happening right now, and that's the advent of Christ into our hearts/lives. Ultimately, from the moment we take our first breath to the moment we take our last, Christ is after our hearts. And when He comes into our hearts he wants to completely change us in some really beautiful ways if we'll let Him.
Small Group Discussion Questions
Advent (Part II) - Christ coming into our hearts
Text: I Peter 2:4-5, Revelation 3:20
1. As we’ve said over and over… "more than anything else, God is after our hearts.” Do you remember what it was like when you first opened your heart to Christ? Can you describe how that felt and what difference it has made?
2. What are the marks of someone who’s heart fully belongs to the Lord? How do you know if your heart really belongs to Him?
3. Going off of the metaphor, “my heart is a home,” or “my life is a house.” - Some people seem to just want a “living room Jesus.” What does that mean? What’s the problem with that? Is that enough?
4. When Jesus comes into our hearts/lives he begins the often painful work of changing us. Can you think of an example of Jesus bringing about some significant (maybe even painful) change in a specific area of your life? How did it happen? How did it go? What has been the result?
5. Do you think Jesus can be Savior without being Lord?
6. Going along with our action step this week… what area(s) of your life do you find most difficult to surrender (hand over) to Jesus? What closets in the house that is your life do you really not want Jesus medaling in? How can you begin to give Him control in those areas?
The story of Noah's Ark is arguably the most popular Old Testament children's story. But in reality, it's a stark reminder of God's judgment on mankind because of sin and wickedness. However, the good news of the story is that God provides Salvation for those who are faithful. The same is true today. One day, God will once again bring judgement on the world. Jesus is our Ark, our means of salvation.
This Week's Action Step:
Read the whole story of Noah
Songs from Today
This Is Amazing Grace by Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, and Phil Wickham
Do It Again by Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, and Steven Furtick
So Will I (100 Billion X) by Benjamin Hastings, Joel Houston, and Michael Fatkin
O Praise The Name (Anástasis) by Benjamin Hastings, Dean Ussher, and Marty Sampson
Cornerstone by William Batchelder Bradbury, Eric Liljero, Reuben Morgan, Edward Mote, and Jonas Myrin