12/4/11 – The Luminary, Part 1: Illuminate Note: We are suspending the instructional videos since most groups are not meeting during the holidays. Please make sure you are having some type of social during the holidays to keep everybody connected. We will have information posted each week for those that are meeting.
Main Text: John 1:1-4, John 9:1-7
- Jesus is the Word. That means He is the embodied message from God to the human race. He is the revelation of God in human form.
- Jesus, the Son of God has been with God from the beginning. He is God. The trinity seems like a paradox. What the Bible teaches is that the Godhead - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - are three equal persons, but one being. This passage points to that truth by saying that Jesus was with God and was God.
- Jesus is the light of the world. He shines in an otherwise dark world.
- Jesus claimed that He is the light of the life. To illustrate this He healed a blind man, who had been blind at birth. Just like with the blind man, Jesus illuminates our lives. Without Jesus we grope around in the darkness.
- In our dark circumstances, He says He is always with us.
- Because He has paid for all of our sin, we know that God has nothing but love remaining for us. So no matter what we go through, we know God will bring good out of it, because of His love.
- If we are struggling to forgive someone, and are in the darkness of bitterness, Jesus reminds us that we have been forgiven of much so we can forgive others.
- If we are struggling to forgive ourselves, Jesus reminds us that He has paid for our sin.
- It would be a terrible paradox if we celebrated with all our Christmas traditions and never actually accessed the Light Himself.
- The challenge is during this season, lets not just celebrate, but worship.
- What are some of your favorite family Christmas traditions?
- When you read John 1:1-5, what do you think is the most startling claim about who Jesus is?
- In what ways is Jesus’ life a light to the human race?
- He is a guiding light, when we follow Him, it leads us to God.
- He is a revealing light, when we look at His perfect life, we see how God intends for us to live.
- Read John 9:1-7. Put yourself in the blind man’s experience. What would that encounter have been like?
- How are we like the blind man, before we encounter Jesus?
- There are seasons or aspects of our lives that we can be fumbling through as if we were walking in the dark; then Christ brings light to the situation. Can you share when that has happened in your life?
- In what ways can someone look to the Christmas festivities to try and distract them from a difficulty in life?
- Is there an area of your life to which Christ could bring even greater illumination?
- What is something specific that you can do personally to make sure that this Christmas season you “don’t just celebrate, but you worship?”
- What is something specific you can do in your family to not just celebrate but worship ?