Getting Started: What is one of your fondest Christmas traditions?
Digging In:Read Luke 2:8-12
Some of the first people to hear about the arrival of Jesus were shepherds in a field. Why do you think God chose to give such an important message to such unimportant people in that society?
Getting Started: Which do you think is more difficult...giving words of gratitude or receiving them?Digging In:Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18Why do you think we so easily move into an ungrateful mindset? What is the harm in having this type of perspective on life?Why do you think this verse...
Getting Started: What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving weekend?
Digging In:Read Luke 17:11-19
Thanksgiving is often forgotten as we anticipate the Christmas season. Do you think we tend to overlook being thankful? Why is this so?
Although they had much to be thankful for, why do you...
Getting Started: Share about a time where you experienced mercy when in reality you knew you deserved to be punished. If you can’t think of a personal story, perhaps share a story you’ve heard.
Digging In:Read Luke 15:11-32
In verse 21, the son acknowledges that he sinned not...
Getting Started: Reflect on some of the scandals that have been in the headlines lately. What are some of the ways that people tried to make the situation better or cover it up?
Digging In:Read Luke 15:11-20
What do you think was going through the son’s mind as he was journeying home?...
Getting Started: As a group, think about what some of the biggest regrets in people’s lives might be.
Digging In:Read Luke 15:17-20
What events took place so that the son could come to his senses? Is there anything in these verses that indicates he was feeling regret?
Getting Started: When you were younger, was there something that you really wanted? Whether it was a toy, a certain car, a date for prom…if you finally got it, did it make your life complete?
Digging In:Read Luke 15:11-16
This son seemed to have everything he needed while living in...
Getting Started: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would you choose?
Digging In:Read Luke 11:1-13
How would you define contentment? In what areas do you feel it is most difficult to be content?
Why do you think Jesus wants us to ask Him to provide our daily...
Getting Started: If you could immediately change one area of the world we live in, what would it be?
Digging In:Read Matthew 6:9-10
Why did Jesus tell his disciples to pray for God’s kingdom to come?
In what ways does God’s kingdom differ from the kingdoms, governments, and...
Getting Started: What do you feel is the most difficult part of prayer?
Digging In:Read Matthew 6:5-13
Why does verse 5 say to “not be like the hypocrites” when you pray? In what ways were their prayers dishonoring to God?
Why do you think Jesus told his disciples to pray behind...