Luke 2:1-20 / Chris Freeman / December 27-28, 2014
ADVENTUS: Shepherds: now what?
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Shepherds: Now What?
The day after Christmas can be quite the let down—a month’s worth of hype and celebration comes to an end and then life goes back to normal. What if it didn’t have to? What if Christmas could be more than a 30-day interruption of our ordinary? Is there a way to respond to the miracle of Christmas that ushers us into the extraordinary? This week we will take our cue from the shepherds who visited the infant Jesus to see how we can respond to the miracle of Christmas in a way that brings about lasting transformation. Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Day 1: Read Luke 2:1-21
What are your initial impressions of the shepherds? Why did God deliver a message to a group of shepherds of all people? What can we learn from them about responding to the miracle of Christmas?
Day 2: Read John 17
The word for “know” is speaking of the kind of knowing that comes from personal experience. What does this passage have to say about knowing God in that sort of way? How do you know God in that way? What sort of experiences have you had with God?
Day 3: Read Luke 10:38-42
Whom do you relate with more, Mary or Martha? What did Jesus mean in verse 42?
Is there anything in your life keeping you from the feet of Jesus?
Day 4: Read 1 John 1
Like the shepherds in Luke 1—truly experiencing the miracle of Christmas will lead us to share it with others. What does this passage have to say about that? What does the author mean in verse 4?
Day 5: Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
What are some of the motivators to share our faith that this passage points out? What does it mean to be “Christ’s ambassadors”? How does God make his appeal through us? How does this passage challenge you?
Day 6: Read Luke 1:1-21 (again)
What does verse 20 tell us about how the shepherds responded to encountering Jesus? What does this have to say to us about how we should respond to encountering Jesus? What role does praise and worship play in your life?
Day 7: Read Revelation 2:1-7
Often we miss the miracle because we forget that it is a miracle. What does this passage have to say about that? What did the church of Ephesus have going for it? What are some things that cause you to forget your first love? What would it look like for you to remember your first love?