Main Idea: No one is ever too broken to find purpose because there is a purpose for us all.
Introduction: This week Pastor Zac and Rachel are starting a new Christmas tradition by reading the nativity story. When we look deeper at the story, we find a young woman discovering her purpose, a man questioning the reality of it all, and the beautiful way God redeems our sins.
Discussion Starter: Have you ever felt lost, like you didn’t know where to begin? Maybe it was where to start picking up the pieces after the end of a relationship, a job, an illness, etc. Maybe this year, 2020, has you confused and looking for where and how to help, or even how to survive.
Primary Scriptures: Luke 1:1-38
- Pastor Zac and Rachel point out how the “least of these,” is used when it comes to people and places. What does this tell us about God? Do you know anyone who is living out God’s calling in their lives? Where do you look for God?
- Compare the reactions of Zechariah and Mary to the news that Gabriel delivered. What is similar to their reaction to seeing Gabriel? What was different?
- What do the consequences of Mary and Zechariah’s reactions tell us how to respond to God in our lives? Have you known people who responded to the pull of the Holy Spirit like Mary and/or Zechariah?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Luke 1 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.
Engaging at Faith Promise and in the Community: This time of the year and with all that is going on, there are lots of organizations that need help in fulfilling their purpose. We also have many families here at Faith Promise who have been impacted by COVID and during the holidays. How can your small group support our families? How can your small group encourage nonprofit workers and even people in the medical field right now?
Engaging in World: Philippians 1:6: “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
As God is completing the work in each of the members of the Timothy Initiative, it can be hard for those brothers and sisters in Christ. Maybe for Christmas, we can write them cards and as a small group pray for those to encourage these young men and women who are fulfilling their purpose.