Happy Thursday December 27th!
During the week of Christmas we have created a special set of readings for the Daily. Over the course of this week we will be taking a break from our readings in 2 Corinthians and be looking at several other areas of scripture which point to the importance of the Christmas season. The importance is that God came to live among us by taking on flesh. We hope you have time to slow down to focus on the incarnation of Christ.
In the beginning to the Gospel of John Jesus is referred to as The Word. Jesus took on flesh and dwelt among us. Through Moses and the Law we realize that we need grace. Through Jesus coming into the world we receive grace and truth. Where once God was far He is now near. God who has never been seen has revealed himself to us through Christ.
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (In large group)
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What have we seen in vs. 14?
_ What is it full of in vs. 14?
_ What did John say in vs. 15? (Read Matthew 3 for the full story of John the Baptist)
_ What have we received in vs. 16?
_ What was given through Moses? What was given through Jesus?
_ Who has made who known in vs. 18?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)