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What Makes You Happy, Part 2: "Plan For It"

Who Needs Christmas, Part 1: The World by Andy Stanley

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Who Needs Christmas, Part 1: The World by Andy Stanley

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The Christmas story didn’t begin with shepherds watching over their flocks, wise men following a star, and a young couple that couldn’t find a place to have their baby. It began much earlier than that, and it was more epic than anyone could have imagined.

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The Christmas story didn’t begin with shepherds watching over their flocks, wise men following a star, and a young couple that couldn’t find a place to have their baby. It began much earlier than that, and it was more epic than anyone could have imagined.

The story of Jesus' birth is reason for great joy for everyone who needs Christmas. Shepherds, wise men following a new star in a the sky, and a virgin birth—as adults, it's hard to take the Christmas story seriously. But the story of Jesus' birth is reason for great joy for everyone who needs Christmas. The Christmas story didn’t begin with Joseph and Mary in a manger. It began with God making an unbelievable, incoherent, and impossible promise to a man named Abraham. That promise carried through the entire history of ancient Israel and beyond.


Scripture: Genesis 12:1–3 — The Call of Abram 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your fatherʼs household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”  ; Isaiah 49:6 — 6 he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” ; Malachi 1:11  — 11My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the LordAlmighty.  

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Who Needs Christmas, Part 1: The World

INTRODUCTION
The Christmas story didn’t begin with shepherds watching over their flocks, wise men following a star, and a young couple that couldn’t find a place to have their baby. It began much earlier than that, and it was more epic than anyone could have imagined.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. How do you feel heading into this Christmas season? Is this a positive or negative time for you?
  2. Do you find it difficult to believe the details of the Christmas story? Why or why not?

  3. Talk about a time when God seemed silent or distant in your life. What happened? What did that experience do for your faith?

  4. Read Genesis 12:1–3. In what ways does God’s promise to Abraham change your view of the Christmas story?

  5. Read Isaiah 49:6. What does this verse tell you about God’s character?

  6. What can you do this season to focus on the meaning of the Christmas story to our culture and in your life? How can this group help you?

MOVING FORWARD
The Christmas story didn’t begin with Joseph and Mary in a manger. It began with God making an unbelievable, incoherent, and impossible promise to a man named Abraham. That promise carried through the entire history of ancient Israel and beyond.

CHANGING YOUR MIND
“My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty. Malachi 1:11

Andy Stanley:
Communicator, author, and pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 30 churches around the globe, collectively serving nearly 70,000 people weekly. As the host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, with over five million messages consumed each month through television and podcast, and the author of 20-plus books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; Ask It; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; Visioneering; and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most influential living pastors in America. Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.

 

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