Micah 5:2-5; Luke 2:1-7
I encourage you, if you’ve never done it before, to try to memorize the Christmas story found in Luke 2:1-20. The best way to do this, firstly, is to not get nervous. Then, don’t try to memorize it word for word – but focus on remembering the story. Read it once out loud. Then try to retell it out loud without looking. If you miss a part, who cares. Then read it again, considering the parts you forgot. Then try to recall it from memory again. If you read and recite it three times a day in one sitting (actually, standing or walking works best) – before you know it, you’ll discover details you never noticed or considered before. And eventually, you’ll have the story, or more importantly, it will have you.
The Next Step Life Group Follow-Up
Questions to consider:
Big Idea: Preparing for Christmas means putting Christ first.
A. What John said matched what the people had been waiting for. Matthew 3:4
B. What set John apart was that he told the truth. Isaiah 40:3-5
III. The Coming Wrath
A. John wanted the crowd to realize who and what we are apart from God’s salvation – and to respond accordingly!
B. God doesn’t need us; we desperately need Him.
IV. What Should We Do?
A. Notice what you've been given, and pay attention to those around you.
B. Be content with what you have, and don't harm others.
A. Wait expectantly on the Messiah.
B. Trust Christ with the results of your obedience.
Is the Bible True?
Psalm 119:105; Luke 24:25-27; John 17:17; Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17