Dec. 9 - Strange Announcement (Lk. 2:8-20)
First listen to the sermon (posts Sun. afternoon). Then use the ideas below to help you and your group apply what the Lord is teaching you.
Icebreaker idea: Who is someone famous, important, well-known, etc. (outside of the Bible) you'd like to meet? What would you want to talk to them about?
A way to pray: Thank God for announcing His Son's arrival to common people like us, and ask Him to help us pass along the Good News to others in our lives as we seek to see 2,000 people by 2022 baptized and growing in relationship with Him through the Word, prayer, and community.
Talk It Over:
Treasuring God: Why was God's glory announced to "outsiders"? What does that reveal about God's love for ordinary people like me?
Being Transformed: When I am afraid, what would it look like practically for me to obey the Lord's call to "fear not"?
Loving Others: What if the shepherds had kept silent about what they'd seen? Who in my life right now needs me to tell them the good news about Jesus?
Pursuing Unity: How does knowing Jesus as my Good Shepherd enable me to live peacefully with others, especially those I'd otherwise be at odds with?