The Arrival of our King
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called His name Jesus (Matthew 1:24-25, ESV)
“...Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. (Revelation 1:17b-18, ESV)
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah, 7:14, ESV)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14, ESV)
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:16-17, ESV)
18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you. (1 Peter1:18-20, ESV)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed (Luke 4:18, ESV)
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Week 3 - The Arrival of our King
In week 1 of this series of Life Group studies, we looked at the first evidence of the Christmas story, in the genealogies of the book of Genesis. Then last week, the second of this Life Group series, we studied the coming of a King and His Kingdom. So this week we will bring it to a conclusion where we examine the extent of God’s commitment to our Salvation and how that is the crux (literally) of the Christmas story.
1. Review what you know of the Christmas story. How does this story communicate that God is completely and unconditionally committed to the salvation of his sheep?
Read Rom.8:29-39 as a group to further understand God’s commitment to our salvation. Although this passage is not a typical ‘Christmas’ passage, ask yourselves as you answer each question: 1) How does this reinforce the Christmas story, and 2) Would any of this be possible without the Christmas story.
2. How do we see GOD’s determination and commitment to our salvation/redemption in v30?
3. may be”...it is “they are”...an absolute certainty! GOD is committed to our Salvation! What is the significance of v31?
4. In v32 we see the promise of GOD’s provision, in v33 we see the promise of GOD’s deliverance, and in v34 we see the promise of CHRIST’s intercession. As a group, identify and discuss these three promises.
a. GOD’s provision:
b. GOD’s deliverance:
c. CHRIST’s intercession:
5. In v35-39 we see the explicit statement that NOTHING can remove us from GOD’s love! As a group, review the items listed in v35 and v38. Is there anything that Paul left out?
6. But then he adds something else in v39...neither height nor depth, nor anything else created. Why does Paul add this final statement?
Questions for Reflection:
Discuss the ‘height/depth’ that was overcome in the Christmas story to produce humani- ties savior.
How does it make you feel that GOD is determined for your salvation?
How does understanding God’s commitment to your salvation affect your view and our understanding of the Christmas story?