Advent Theme: LOVE
- What are you most looking forward to this week as we celebrate Christmas?
- If you could be a character in a holiday movie who would you be and why?
- If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Virtual Scavenger Hunt – Award points for each item people can find in their homes. They must show it to the group for it to count. Some items to include tinsel, holiday cards, Santa hat, ice skates, Elf on the shelf, egg nog, candy canes, etc. The person with the most points at the end wins!
Watch Video: (15:06) Opening prayer included in video
1. Read John 1:1-14. John calls Jesus God’s Word and claims that the Word became a human being in Jesus. Pastor Adam says the Greek word for word is “logos” which means reasoning, wisdom, or logic. (p.133) What do you think John is trying to say about Jesus? What does this mean to you?
2. Pastor Adam says, “All other words about God, everything else we read in scripture, must be read in light of the Word of God that is Jesus.” (p.134)
3. John also calls Jesus the light and later Jesus would say he was “the light of the world” (John 8:12). Pastor Adam mentions a few examples of the comparison in scripture between light and darkness. He further says it is “not only a battle outside of us, it is a battle that is fought within us.” (p.126). How do you see this battle play out outside of us? Within us?
4. At what age or stage of life did Christ’s light first shine into your life? What are some of the first things that you remember seeing more clearly in the light of Jesus' love and grace? What are one or two ways that Christ’s light has helped to give you clearer vision in the most recent weeks and months of your walk with him?
5. In John 8:12 we read Jesus telling his disciples “I am the light of the world” and in Matthew 5:14 he tells them “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid…Let you light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” How are we to incarnate the light to others?
6. At Christmas it is often said it is better to give than to receive. Pastor Adam says, “When you do good for others, you do good for yourself. Love that gives of itself is better than a pill. It heals you. When you take your eyes off yourself and focus on others, realizing that it’s not about you, then you find joy and fulfillment. When you share the light, you also receive it.” (p.142-143)
7. In both the book and the video, Pastor Adam spends time sharing the Resurrection tradition of Candlelight Christmas Eve services. Some of us have participated in these services in the past. If you have attended in the past, what have you found to be meaningful? How do you plan to celebrate it this year in light of us not being able to gather together in person?
Closing Prayer: “Jesus, we trust in you. Be our light. Fill us with your light. Grant us your hope. Help us to walk in your light, to share in your light, to live your light, to give your light. Use us, we pray, to push back the darkness. In your holy name. Amen.” (Adapted from the prayer on p.148)
Suggested Spiritual Practices:
|Worship: Join us this week for Candlelight Christmas Eve services online on December 23 at 5 and 7pm and December 24 at 3, 5, 7, 9 and 10:30 pm at cor.org/live OR on KMCI (Channel 38) December 24 at 5 and 7 pm or KSHB (Channel 41) on December 24 at 10:30pm.|
|Study: With your family or friends, read through the Christmas story in the gospels at breakfast on Christmas morning. (Luke 2:1-20)|
|Serve: People in need are all around us. Who in your neighborhood could you demonstrate the love of Christ to by shoveling a driveway, returning garbage cans from the curb to their garage, dropping off a meal, running an errand, or another tangible act of service?|
|Give: The Christmas Eve offering is an opportunity for us to come together as a community of those who share the light of Christ with the world. This year you might consider donating a gift equivalent to what you might spent on your family to help transform the world and close the opportunity gap as a part of the Vision 2030 initiatives.|
|Share: Invite someone to join you for Candlelight Christmas Eve services. You can help spread the word by posting on your social media sites as well.|