December 25 – 31

Weekly Reading for December 25 – 31

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: God With Us
Sermon Title: Where Is God In Times of New Beginnings?

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on January 1, 2023:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: God With Us
Sermon Title: Where Is God In An Ordinary Day?
Delivered On: December 25, 2022


Memorize and Reflect

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Prayer Direction

Thank Jesus for willingly coming to our world and for being God with us. Pray for a growing awareness of the presence of God with you with each passing day in the coming year.

“Live It!” Challenge

Notice God's Presence – God shows up in many ways. He speaks through the Scriptures. He sends people to bring kindness, service, and words of blessing. He protects, guides, and fills us. For the next week, notice the many and various ways God shows up and proves Himself to be Immanuel, God with us. Write down as many examples of God being near as you notice over the next seven days and then share these with someone who needs a word of encouragement and a reminder that God is near.

Small Group Discussion

  1. Tell about a time you really felt the presence of God with you. How did God show His care and power in your life?

  2. Read: Psalm 139:1-6. What does this passage say about where God is and where He is not?

  3. Tell about a time you were in a strange or far-away place and you still sensed the presence of God with you?

  4. If everything in this Psalm is true and God knows you this thoroughly, what does this say about God’s interest and care for you?

  5. Read: Psalm 139:7-12. Where is God, according to this section of Psalm 139?

  6. In a world of darkness, what does this passage say about God’s impact on our lives and the world where we live? How can we help shine God’s light in dark places (give specific examples)?

  7. Read: Psalm 139:13-18. What does this say about God’s relationship to you in your mother’s womb and what does this reveal about His interest and engagement with your life?

  8. What does this Psalm say to the person who claims, “God is not interested in my life and in what happens in our world”?

  9. When you think about the spiritual reality that Jesus is Immanuel (God with us) how should this impact the way you live your life this coming year?
    - In your home and with your family?
    - At work or school?
    - In your neighborhood?
    - How you spend your free time?