• Week 1: Introduction to Advent [Key Text: Habakkuk 3]



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    OBEDIENCE IN WAITING WHILE TRUSTING THE LORD HELPS US RIGHTLYPOSITION OURSELVES TO FULLY EXPERIENCE HIS GLORY & GOODNESS. 

     

     

    Romans 15:13      Luke 1:5-23

     

     

    1. Have you celebrated Advent before? If so, what have you done to celebrate? 

     

    2. What does it look like for you to practically prepare your heart for Jesus atChristmas? 

     

    3. Those in the Old Testament, like Habakkuk, were waiting expectantly for thepromised Messiah. How can we stay watchful, patient, and faithful as we wait onJesus to come for the second time?

     

    4. In Luke 1, Zechariah had lost hope that he would ever have a child yet remainedfaithful to serve the Lord in the waiting. How can you be faithful as you wait on God'splan to unfold in your life?

     

    (VIDEO: What is Advent?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC0FGQLBp7w

     

    What will you do this week to make room in your heart for Jesus? Pair up withsomeone in your group and send them a text to ask how it's going.

     

    Now that you’ve spent time learning about the origin of Advent, how would you explainthe main points of these verses to a friend? If you were going to explain what youlearned to a friend, what would you say? 

  • Week 2: Hope        [Key Text: Isaiah 9:1-7]



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    HOPE IS NOT SOMETHING WE WISH FOR, IT'S SOMETHING WE WAIT FOR

     

     

     

    ISAIAH 7:14, ROMANS 15:13

     

     

    1. What is your definition of hope? How does hope make Christianity different thanother religions? 

     

    2. The Isaiah prophecies about Jesus were written 700 years before His birth, andthey all came true. How does this strengthen your faith in Jesus as the Messiah?

     

    3. Isaiah 7:14 prophesies that Jesus will be called Immanuel, meaning God with us. How have you experienced "God with" you recently?

     

    4. Romans 15:13 talks about the God of hope filling you with joy and peace. Why do you think hope is listed first here? 

     

    WHAT IS HOPE? https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/yakhal-hope/

     

    Choose one of the four names of Jesus given by Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6: Wonderful Counselor, MightyGod, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Thank God each day this week for being that in your life.

     

    Now that you’ve spent time discussing what it means to have hope, how would youexplain the main points of these verses to a friend? If you were going to explain whatyou learned to a friend, what would you say?

     

  • Week 3: Peace       [Key Text: Luke 1:26-38]



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    PEACE COMES FROM A SURRENDER TO THE WILL OF GOD (WHOLENESSTHAT BRINGS REST, SHALOM)

     

     

     

    MATTHEW 1:18-25, ROMANS 15:13

     

     

    1. In the Luke passage, Mary surrendered to God's plan for her life even though itwould initially cause her and her loved ones pain and grief. How does obediencebring peace in our lives?

     

    2. In Matthew 1:18-25, Joseph wrestled with Mary's news. Describe a time you havewrestled with God's plan for your life because it was hard to understand. What doesit feel like not to have peace about something?

     

    3. We talk a lot about "peace on earth" at Christmas. Why do we long for peace, andwhy does it seem so hard to attain? Is peace possible without Jesus? 

     

    (WHAT IS PEACE?) https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/shalom-peace/

     

    Jesus is called the Prince of Peace The Hebrew word for peace is shalom. Shalom means completeness, wholeness,health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, and theabsence of agitation or discord. What is keeping you from experiencing true shalom this week?

     

    Now that you’ve spent time discussing what it means to have peace, how would youexplain the main points of these verses to a friend? If you were going to explain whatyou learned to a friend, what would you say?


     

     

  • Week 4: Joy       [Key Text: Luke 2:1-20]



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    CHRIST IS MY SALVATION. CHRIST IS MY JOY.

     

     

     

    ROMANS 15:13

     

     

    1. In Luke 2:10, the angel brought good news of great joy. Knowing what you knowabout joy from our Philippians study this fall, why would this announcement havebeen so meaningful to these shepherds?

     

    2. The angel made clear that the joy that came as a result of Jesus being born wasfor all people! What would it look like for everyone you knew to have this joy? Howwould your life and the world be different as a result? 

     

    3. Why do you think joy is the third week of Advent after hope and peace? Do youthink there is any significance to the order? (See Romans 15:13)

     

    (WHAT IS JOY?) https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/chara-joy/

     

    Look up the full lyrics to the Christmas hymn "Joy to the World" this week. Which line or stanzaresonates with you the most during thies season of your life?

     

    Now that you’ve spent time discussing what it means to have joy, how would youexplain the main points of these verses to a friend? If you were going to explain whatyou learned to a friend, what would you say?