Merry Christmas!!! I pray that today you are able to spend time with those you love. For those of you working today, I pray that you have a calm day. Today’s scripture is in Romans. The preceding verses are instructions for believers to not pass judgment on one another. The verses that we are reading today are situated within a section encouraging believers to support one another in different ways so they will not stumble in sin. And thank you for continuing to join us on this Advent journey! - Mallory

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What are some ways that you support people in areas that they struggle?
- What are some ways you have been supported?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
Lord today we take time to celebrate You coming to earth, to truly be God with us. We thank you for the body of Christ, for the community that we gain when we come to faith. We recognize that we can not do anything alone, that we need You and that we need other believers. Help us to recognize our deep need for community and our even deeper need for You. Lord, we ask that You would continue to reveal Yourself to us. We want to hear from You. Amen.

DISCOVER  [Romans 14:17-19]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

- Read verses 13-16. What do you think is meant by verse 17 in light of these preceding verses?
- What is meant by “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”?
- How are we instructed to serve Christ (v.18)?
- What is the value of being approved by men (v.18)?
- What does it mean to “pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding”?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- Verse 19 calls for us to pursue peace and mutual upbuilding. How can we live this out in the relationships we have with other believers?
- Are there matters of “eating and drinking” that we need to put aside in order to promote peace in our relationships?
- Are there matters of “eating and drinking” that we feel we need support in from other believers?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?