Community Group Homework
For the week of December 4 , 2016
1. On a snowy holiday night which way are you going: hot chocolate or egg nog?
2. What percentage of your Christmas shopping is done? If you’re not done, when do you think you’ll hit 100%?
Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, chal- lenged or confused you?
TALK ABOUT IT
The miracle of Christmas is that Jesus was born and became Immanuel, “God with us.” He left His place and came to our place and entered the human experience. Almighty God became God with us. As author Mark Batterson wrote, “God most High is also God most nigh.”
– What do you think is significant about God entering the human experience? What does that mean for us?
– How hard is it for you to wrap your head around the idea of God becoming man? What questions do you have about that?
As we said on Sunday, the most frequent promise God makes in the Bible is the promise, “I will be with you.” God’s presence is his greatest present to us. As a group, read the following Scripture passages and re-enacted on them together.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself
nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human like- ness. – Philippians 2:5-7
– When Jesus became God with us, what did it cost Him? What did he give up or set aside?
– How does Paul (the author of this passage) want Jesus’ actions to be re-enacted in our lives? How easy/difficult is that in your opinion?
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff , they comfort me. – Psalm 23:1-4
– What does this passage say about God with us, about God’s presence in our lives?
– Can you think of a time when you were going through some hard things but sensed God’s presence? How did that help you to navigate that time?
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31
– How could believing God is with you help you in your daily life?
– What do you think it looks like to live like you believe God is with you? How easy/difficult do you believe that is?
WRAPPING IT UP
Pray that each person in your group would experience the miracle of God’s presence this Christmas.
Before you go, take time to pray together as a group for the needs any of you may have.