Community Group Questions 12/16/12

Tip of the Week:
Make sure you plan a social during the Holidays to give your group the chance to interact outside of the usual group setting
Announcements:
Please share whichever of the following announcements apply to your group

Christmas Eve Service Times

  • We just wanted to give you a heads up that we will be having 2 Christmas Eve Services this year.

  • They will be held on Christmas Eve at 5pm and 6:30pm

  • Grab some cards and give them out

  • Start inviting your friends and neighbors now

The Fuge Hangouts

  • Wednesdays Starting 12/5 from 2:30-5pm
  • Waffles of all kinds
  • Students come after school
  • Also looking for volunteers to help out

Student Winter Calendar

  • Lots coming up over the winter season

  • Check out the insert inside your bulletin

  • Christmas Luau this Thursday Dec 20th

Sermon Title: The Gift Is A Who, Part 2: Creator and Sustainer

Main Text:  Colossians 1:15-17, Luke 2:1-7, John 1:3, Hebrews 1:2, 1 Cor 8:6, Genesis 1:26, Hebrews 1:3

Topics:

  • Verse 16 tells us that Jesus is through whom all things were created.  This is an incredible claim about a man that walked on this earth. But that is not an isolated claim about Jesus, other scriptures and other scriptural writers teach this as well: John 1:3, Hebrews 1:2.
  • Verse 17 goes even farther. It says that Jesus holds all things together. This is similar to Hebrews 1:3 that says that Jesus “upholds the universe by the word of His power.”
  • These are astonishing claims about the person of Jesus. It is through Him that all things were made. And it is through Him that all things are sustained.
  • Jesus was fully man and fully God.  The baby in the manger is the Creator and Sustainer. This is an unbelievable claim of scripture.
  • Think of what that mean. That means that Jesus is holding all molecules together. He is overseeing the forces that hold neutrons and protons together. That means that Jesus is holding the planets in orbit around the sun.
  • If Jesus is involved with that level of detail in the universe, then that means he is intimately sustaining the details of my life. The cells of my body and the particles of the chair I am sitting in. I am reliant on Him to keep my actual body from vaporizing. And I guess He’s done a pretty good job so far. I don’t really have to think about it too often.
  • He is in control of my existence far more than I realize. He is obviously more capable than I could possibly realize. So why do I feel the need to be in control?  Why do I fight for it? Why do I worry about it? Why do I leave Him out of large parts of my life?
  • If we only believed this about Jesus, we would rest more in His capable, trust His control, and seek Him more for His direction in more areas of our lives.
  • We need to increase our awareness of His involvement in our lives.

Key Questions:

  1. Why do you think we are controlling?
  2. How does being controlling get us in trouble? What are the consequences of being controlling?
  3. Read Colossians 1:15-17.
  4. What do you think is the most incredible claim in these verses?
  5. Which is harder for you to grasp: that Jesus is holding the molecules of your body together, or that He is holding galaxies and universes together? Why?
  6. Why is it a vulnerable feeling to realize that we are dependent on Jesus to hold our actual bodies together?
  7. How does believing that truth inspire us to trust God’s control over the out-of-control parts of our lives?
  8. What are some areas of life that people commonly leave God out of?
  9. What are some ways to get God involved in areas of your life that that you haven’t really included Him in?
  10. What area of your life do you need to acknowledge Jesus’ control over?
  11. What are some practical things you can do to help yourself rest in His control?

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