December 11 – 17

Weekly Reading for December 11 – 17

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: My First Christmas
Sermon Title: Testify…the Story of Mary and Joseph

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on December 18, 2016:


Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: My First Christmas
Sermon Title: Testify...the Story of the Wise Men
Delivered On: December 11, 2016

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Memorize and Reflect

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. ([bible]Matthew 2:11[/bible])


Prayer Direction

Give praise to Jesus as the King of all creation and the King of your life! Thank Jesus for the many gifts He has given to you, including Himself.


“Live It!” Challenge

Growing Generous - This Christmas season, pray about giving a First Gift to Jesus by giving your best gift toward Shoreline’s Community and Global Outreach budget for 2017.


Small Group Discussion

  1. What is one great memory you have from a Christmas as a child? Tell about a time when you really understood the true meaning of Christmas and how God entered our world and your heart.

  2. Read: Matthew 2:1-4, 7, 12-18 What spiritual battle was happening through Herod?

  3. How was God at work protecting Jesus and his family?

  4. How do you see Satan at work against God’s people in the world today? How can we stand strong against spiritual resistance to the gospel and the spreading of the message of Jesus today?

  5. Read: Matthew 2:1-2 How is Jesus the King of the whole world? How does Jesus want to be the King of your life?

  6. What is one way you need to surrender your life more fully to the rule and reign of Jesus? How can your group members pray for you and encourage you to grow in this area of your faith journey?

  7. Read: Matthew 2:11 Why is worship of Jesus essential for all those who want to follow Him? What gets in the way of us worshiping Jesus with passion and devotion? How can we grow as worshipers?

  8. How does giving gifts to Jesus and His mission in this world show our love and devotion to our Savior? What gets in the way of us being generous toward the things of God? What helps us grow more generous?

  9. What is one great memory you have from a Christmas as a child? Tell about a time when you really understood the true meaning of Christmas and how God entered our world and your heart.

  10. Read: Matthew 2:1-4, 7, 12-18 What spiritual battle was happening through Herod?

  11. How was God at work protecting Jesus and his family?

  12. How do you see Satan at work against God’s people in the world today? How can we stand strong against spiritual resistance to the gospel and the spreading of the message of Jesus today?

  13. Read: Matthew 2:1-2 How is Jesus the King of the whole world? How does Jesus want to be the King of your life?

  14. What is one way you need to surrender your life more fully to the rule and reign of Jesus? How can your group members pray for you and encourage you to grow in this area of your faith journey?

  15. Read: Matthew 2:11 Why is worship of Jesus essential for all those who want to follow Him? What gets in the way of us worshiping Jesus with passion and devotion? How can we grow as worshipers?

  16. How does giving gifts to Jesus and His mission in this world show our love and devotion to our Savior? What gets in the way of us being generous toward the things of God? What helps us grow more generous?