Impact Group Study Guide Homework for the week of November 29, 2009
Based on your observations in question #5, how would you define worship? What other passages help support your definition?
Take time to read aloud Mary’s song of praise in Luke 1:46-55 and answer the following questions: What did Mary understand to be true about God’s character? What did she believe God had done and was continuing to do?
Opening Up 1.
What is your favorite memory of Christmas?
Give an early Christmas present! Tell someone in your Impact Group what you most admire about him or her.
Digging In 3.
Quick Review: What insight, principle, or observation from this Sunday’s message did you find to be most helpful, eye opening, or troubling? Explain.
Read this quote and explain why you agree or disagree: “God desires Christmas to be a fundamentally relational event rather than a consumer event.”
What is your response to this? Is this how you see God when we celebrate Christmas every year?
If we are to take this Advent Conspiracy challenge seriously, it will mean trusting God even when the culture around us does not understand what we are doing. How did Joseph demonstrate what it means to trust God? What can we learn from his example? (Read Matthew 1:18-25)
Digging Deeper (Additional ways to reflect on this week’s study) 5.
What elements of worship do you see in the four major characters in the Christmas story? (Mary, Luke 1:26-56; Joseph, Matthew 1:18-25; shepherds, Luke 2:8-20; magi, Matthew 2:1-12)
Take 30 minutes this week to talk with your immediate family (including any children who are old enough) concerning how your family has been celebrating Christmas. Talk about what has been important to each person and then about what you might like to change starting this year. Memorize 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NET): You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ.
Living Out My next step today is to: A Shift my paradigm of Christmas B
Pause and enter the story
Pastor Bob Westfall
Advent Conspiracy #1
November 29, 2009
Worship Fully 1 Peter 1:18-19
Christmas is fundamentally a ____________________________ event rather than a ________________________ event. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
10. Respond to this quote: “What would it mean for us to take our resources and our time and say, ‘How can our worship of Jesus tell a better story?’”
What kind of story do you want to tell with how you worship?
We must _______________ long enough to look upon the Savior who is Christ the Lord and worship Him fully. (John 1:29)
What is one step you can take to begin telling that story today? There are five dimensions of worshipping fully: Humbly __________________________________ to the Lord (Luke 1:26-38)
Looking Up Suggested idea for your group prayer time: The focus this week has been on worship. One way we worship is by expressing our desire for, confidence in, and admiration for God. Take time this week to start your prayer time with a time of praise. One way to do that is to start with simple sentence prayers praising God for who He is.
Following Jesus ________________________ of the cost (Matthew 1:18-25)
_____________________________________ the Good News (Luke 2:8-14)
_____________________________ praise (Luke 2:15-20)
__________________ of resources (Matthew 2:1-12)