Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on December 23, 2018:
- SUNDAY: Psalm 22,
- MONDAY: Matthew 27,
- TUESDAY: Psalm 22,
- WEDNESDAY: Matthew 27,
- THURSDAY: Psalm 22,
- FRIDAY: Matthew 27,
- SATURDAY: Psalm 22, Matthew 27,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Messiah Sermon Title: Surprising Origins
Delivered On: December 16, 2018
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16)
Thank God for having His hand on your life from your mother’s womb! Pray for eyes to see how He is guiding and leading you every moment of your life. Submit to follow His leading and prompting each time the Holy Spirit seeks to guide you.
Remembering God's Presence: Write down three times, in your childhood or the early years of your life, when you look back and know that God was guiding, protecting, or watching over you. Then, write a short prayer of thanks.
Small Group Discussion
Tell a few interesting about where you grew up. What is one way you can look back and see God’s hand in your life as a small child?
Read: Matthew 2. What do you notice about the various places Jesus was taken (in the womb, as a baby, or as a small child)? What spiritual and world events guided where he was taken?
How was God in the events of the world and Jesus’ family in a way that guided him where he went? Why is it important to recognize where God is at work in the world and our lives?
Read: Genesis 50:19-21. Joseph went through massive pain, loss, and hurt in his life. Some of it was at the hands of the very people he spoke these words to. What does Joseph’s declaration teach us about his faith and view of God’s sovereignty?
How do you tend to respond when hard times come and struggles enter your life? How can recognizing God’s sovereign hand and plan change our attitude in the hard times?
Read: Psalm 139:1-17. What do you learn about God’s presence in your life and hand on your history as you read this Psalm?
Tell about a time you looked back and recognized that God was watching over you, protecting you, or guiding your life in a clear and powerful way.
Tell about something in your future that you are praying for and maybe feeling some stress about. How can your group members pray for you as you seek to trust that God will be with you and guide every step of your future?