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Small Group Discussion Guide

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-God With Us... Always-

Ice-breakers:

• Did your family read the Christmas story growing up? If so, in what ways was it meaningful to you?

Questions:

  1. Read Luke 1:26-56.

    o How would you describe Mary and Elizabeth based on this text?o What might we learn from Mary in this passage?
    o What might we learn from Elizabeth in this passage?

  2. Read Matthew 1:18-25.
    o How would you describe Joseph based on this text?

    o What might we learn from Joseph in this passage?

  3. Read John 1:1-3 and 14-17. What is the most difficult part of the “incarnation” (God becoming man) for you to wrap your brain around?

  4. Reflecting on Pastor Bryan’s message... which part of Jesus’ human experience means the most to you?

  5. Pastor Bryan concluded with this statement:

    They will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us.’ If you’re a believer in Jesus... He will never leave you or forsake you. He is always with you. His Spirit dwells inside of you. When you’re lost, He is with you as your guide. When you’re alone, He is with you as your companion. When you’re hurting, He is with you as your comforter. When you’re afraid, He is with you as your peace. When you’re sick, He is with you as your healer. When you’re weak, He is with you as your strength.

    Which part of the above statement resonates most with you this Christmas season?

Application:

  • Jesus went through a lot to be with you. What have you done, or what do you want to do to make room for Him in your daily life?

  • What are you facing right now that you need Jesus to enter into, as Immanuel (‘God with you’)?

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