Video Introduction

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Week 19: Simeon and Anna Welcome Christ

December 27:  Christmas I: Simeon and Anna

Isaiah 63:15-19
Psalm 28
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:21-38

Further Reading and Meditation
Isaiah 40
Isaiah 57:14-21
Psalm 27:1; 13-14
James 5: 7-11

Discussion Questions:

Feel free to use some or all of these questions in your cell group, Bible study, or with your family.  Some questions will need to be reworded or omitted for smaller children.



1) What emotions do you feel when you have to wait in a line or in traffic?

2) Why do we as North Americans have such a hard time being patient?  What about our culture makes it difficult for us to wait for things?

3) Certain things cannot be rushed.  Friendships, gardens, spiritual growth all take time.  What happens if we try to rush these things?

4) In the Jesus Story Year, we’ve learned that God takes time to do things, takes time to reveal and unfold His salvation.  What do you think of that?  Why do you think He takes time?

5) What are you waiting on God for right now?  How is that difficult?  What is God doing in your life as you wait on Him? 

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Week 18: Christ Comes to Change the World

Story Eighteen:  Christ Comes to Change the World

Micah 5:2-5a
Psalm 80:1-7
Hebrews 2:9-18
Luke 1:39-55

Further Reading and Meditation
1 Samuel 2:1-10
Genesis 22:16-18
Habakkuk 3:18
Psalm 103:17
Psalm 107:9
Luke 1:67-80
Luke 2:29-32

Discussion Questions:

Feel free to use some or all of these questions in your ,o,cell group, Bible study, or with your family.  Some questions will need to be reworded or omitted for smaller children.  These questions refer to specific verses, so you will need to be looking at the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) in order to answer them.

1)  Why does Mary’s soul praise the Lord?  What things has the Lord done that she would say that?

2)  Has Mary seen the mighty humbled and the humble exalted?  Have you?  Try to be specific.

3)  Does it comfort you to think of God giving the poor good things but sending the rich away empty?  Would that comfort Mary?  Does that sound like the God you know?

4)  What promises is God fulfilling by sending Christ? 

5)  What promises has God yet to fulfill? 

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Week 17: Christ Came in the Flesh

Story Seventeen:  Christ Came in the Flesh
You can hear the sermon for this story by going here.

Isaiah 7:10-17
Psalm 24
2 John 1-11
Luke 1:26-38

Further Reading and Meditation
I Samuel chapter 1

Matthew 15:53-58      
John 2:1-11

Discussion Questions:

Feel free to use some or all of these questions in your cell group, Bible
study, or with your family.  Some questions will need to be reworded or
omitted for smaller children.


1)  How do you feel about surprises?  Do you generally like them? 

2)  Have you ever been asked to do something that was far outside of what you thought you were capable of?  What was it?  How did it go?

3)  Jesus Christ had a mother, just like you do.  What would it be like to be the Mother of God


4)  The scriptures are very clear that Christ came in the flesh, that he is fully human as well as fully God.  What difference does it make to you that God decided to become a real human being?  What does it say about what God values?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Week 16: Christ, the Promise Fulfilled

Story Sixteen:  Christ, the Promise Fulfilled
Listen to the sermon for this part of the story here.

Sunday Morning Readings
2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16
Psalm 132:8-15
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

Further Reading and Meditation
Daniel 7:13-14
Micah 5:2
Zechariah 9-14

Discussion Questions:

Feel free to use some or all of these questions in your cell group, Bible study, or with your family.  Some questions will need to be reworded or omitted for smaller children.

1)  Today’s story is all about promises made and fulfilled.  What was the the most recent promise that you made?  Have you fulfilled it?

2)  In the Old Testament lesson, God promises David will always have a descendent on the throne of Israel.  Why did God give that to David and not Saul?  In what way did God fulfill that promise?

3)  Joseph is given a promise in this passage that he will have a son who will save God’s people.  How would you have handled this promise, and this situation, if you were in Joseph’s situation? 

4)  In what way is Jesus like his “father” David?  In what way is he like his “father” Joseph?

5)  What promise has God fulfilled for you?  What promise has God made to you that remains unfulfilled?