Eternal Creator, Light-Bearing Savior, Grace-Giving Son • The Advent of the Grace-Giving Son

christmas-nativity-3760197_1920  December 9, 2018

Reading

John 1:14-18

Main Point

Jesus came into the world to bring us both grace and truth.

Introduction

What does it mean to be a person of grace? Who in your life has a lot of grace? How does that play out in day-to-day life?

How does someone who is “full of grace and truth” treat others?

As John continued writing his gospel, he turned his attention to the grace and truth that were part of Jesus’ life and ministry. Perhaps you have a friend who is someone you’d describe as being “full of grace.” Maybe that person is a close relative. People like that are wonderful to know. They tend to be kind, selfless, caring, and others-focused. They have integrity and are intensely honest. This is the kind of person described by the phrase, “What you see is what you get.” John described Jesus as coming from the Father “full of grace and truth” (v. 14). What a wonderful combination of qualities! As we continue to think about the advent of Jesus Christ, it is appropriate to think about His lifestyle and His message. He was a person full of both grace and truth.

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Eternal Creator, Light-Bearing Savior, Grace-Giving Son • The Advent of the Eternal Creator

christmas-nativity-3760197_1920  December 2, 2018

Scripture Reading

John 1:1-5

Main Point

John announced the arrival of Jesus, who was present at creation and is an eternal, coequal member of the godhead.

Introduction

What is your full name?

Do you have any nicknames?

Do you know the story behind your name?

Why did your parents choose to name you what they did?

As John began writing his gospel, the Holy Spirit inspired him to avoid opening his book with the name “Jesus.” Instead, John was led to use a different name for Jesus: the Word.

Names are important, and John tied this name for Jesus—the Word—to the story of creation It is extremely significant that the Gospel of John opens with “in the beginning” because it echoes the first words of Genesis 1. None of John’s Jewish readers could have read the early verses of his gospel without thinking about the creation story in Genesis 1. While other gospel writers were led by the Spirit to describe the circumstances of

Jesus’ birth, John was led in a different direction. He went back to the very beginning of the Bible to demonstrate that Jesus was with God in the beginning, existed as a coequal member of the godhead before time began, and was one of the members of the trinity who created the heavens and the earth.

The Life of David • Sustained by God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_  NOVEMBER 4TH, 2018

READING

2 Samuel 15:24-26,30-37; 19:1-8

Main Point

When we face challenges, we can trust God and rely on those He has placed in our lives.

Introduction

What would you be thinking and feeling if a sudden calamity forced you to leave your home?

Sometimes life comes at us hard. We may see the problem looming on the horizon, or it may surprise us by coming out of nowhere. We can’t always control the problem itself, but we can control how we respond.

We’ll look at a difficult period in David’s life and consider how his response speaks into our own lives.

SEE YOU IN THE MORNING!

The Life of David • Redeemed by God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_  October 28. 2018

READING

2 Samuel 11:2-14; 12:7-14

Main Point

When we confess our sins, God forgives.

Introduction

What used to be a difficult task for you that you now handle with relative ease?

What moved the task from difficult to easy?

With good training, practice, and experience, jobs in life become easier. Handling some of life’s challenges can even become second nature, just as a child learns to tie his shoes and gets to where he can do it without thinking. Other areas of life continue to challenge us. Believers are free from the power of sin, but temptation continues to pull at us throughout our lives. The focus of the temptation may change, but Satan will continue to find ways to try to pull us from our walk with Christ. We can learn from David what to do—and what not to do—when temptation comes knocking on our door.

Have a great week and we will see you Sunday!

The Life of David • Promised by God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_  October 21, 2018

Reading • 2 Samuel 7:8-29

Main Point

God’s past faithfulness enabled David to trust Him with their new covenant.

Introduction

As your group time begins, use this section to introduce the topic of discussion.

What promise have you received from a parent and then begged for it until it was delivered?

What promise did you once make that you regretted having made later? Why did you regret having made that promise?

What promise has God made to you that you are clinging to desperately? Why is this promise so important to you?

God has a penchant for agreements between Himself and others. An agreement between God and someone else is called a “covenant.” A covenant is an unending, rock solid, agreement, an agreement with no end that affects the covenant receiver’s life and destiny. When a contract between a man and God is made, God determines every aspect of that agreement. Because God is perfectly consistent in all His ways, the receiver of the covenant can rest assured that God will keep His part of the bargain.

God Bless, See you Sunday!

The Life of David • Anointed by God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_   October 14, 2018

Reading

2 Samuel 1:1-12

Main Point

God fully prepared David for service as King of Israel.

Introduction

As your group time begins, use this section to introduce the topic of discussion.

Which of the following best describes what you were thinking the night you graduated from high school: 1. I’ve got to get busy preparing for my future; 2. Let’s party; 3. I cannot wait to get to college so I can learn more; 4. I’m not ready to face the world?

Who has encouraged you more than anyone else to step outside your comfort zone and do things you thought were impossible?

If you had the abilities and the resources to accomplish anything for God’s kingdom, what would it be?

David’s kingship was unparalleled. Some have called him the greatest leader the world has ever known. During his reign as king over Israel, David expanded the boundaries of Israel from 6,000 to 60,000 square miles and established trade routes that stretched throughout the known world. These trade routes brought wealth to Israel like she had never known before. Possibly more impressive, David unified the nation under Jehovah God, creating a national longing for the Lord

David was a leader set aside by God and anointed by his people for the purposes God had established for him. Yet before he became king, David was on the run. For thirteen years, between the ages of 17 and 30, David stayed one step ahead of his predecessor King Saul, who was desperately trying to kill him.

We look forward to Sunday,. Have a blessed week and keep Rachel in your prayers as her delivery time approaches.

The Life of David • Waiting on God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_    October 7, 2018

Reading for the Week

1 Samuel 23:13-18; 24:1-22; 26:1-25; 31:1-4

Main Point

The ability to lead with kingdom-mindedness is rooted in a principled respect for kingdom authority, regardless of the worthiness of the leader.

Introduction

Read this portion of lyrics from Dolly Parton’s song Nine to Five: “9 to 5, for service and devotion / You would think that I would deserve a fair promotion / Want to move ahead but the boss won’t seem to let me / I swear sometimes that man is out to get me.” Have you ever identified with Dolly Parton’s lyrics?

Think  about a time when you were under the leadership of an unkind boss.

After being warned that Saul once again was serious about killing him, David fled to the desert. But Saul was still out to get him. It was a painful time in David’s life. He wrote at least 15 of the Psalms during this period, on average, about one a year for the decade and a half he was on the run from Saul. David had never compromised his respect for Saul’s office as king. David’s respect for Saul remained uncompromised during the entirety of Saul’s unjustified pursuit of David. 1 Samuel records several dramatic examples.

Have a great week and we will see you Sunday at 9:30 am.