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Bring Christmas Home

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Series Big Idea:  When John the Apostle recorded the story or Gospel of Jesus, he decided to skip the story of Jesus’ birth. Or did he? Well, he did skip the Mary and Joseph thing and the trip to Bethlehem, the manger, the angels and shepherds. John declares the meaning of Christmas in one verse in the John 1:14. John says that God became flesh and blood with a name - Jesus. In Jesus, God decided to live in our neighborhood to show us his glory. In this series, we are going to look at this thing that is called the “incarnation.” What is it and why did it have to happen? And in what ways did God intend that to be a continual experience? God came to our “house” for Christmas and that changed everything. And we want to be faithful to the essence and heart of Christmas and bring Christmas home to the city where we live.

Message Big Idea: John, in his Gospel story of Jesus, tells the Christmas story in one verse - John 1:14. For John, this is Christmas: God became a man and visited us where we live. We call this the incarnation. God came to us in Jesus. He got close and personal so we could see the glory of God displayed in a real person, full of grace and truth. He came to us so we could have a relationship not with an idea, but with a person. He came to us so we can experience God. He came to transform us to become like Jesus. He came so we could bring Jesus to our world.

Main Idea: Are you searching for the King? There are clues to find the King. Are you willing to open your treasure and give gifts to the King?

Main Text: John 1:14

Supporting texts: Matthew 2:1-2; Numbers 24:17; Jeremiah 23:5-6; 2 Samuel 7:12-13; Micah 5:2; Malachi 3:1

Reflection/Discussion Questions:

When you consider Christmas, do you think about Jesus coming to you, or are you looking for the Messiah?

Consider the “Wise men from the East,” who spent a lifetime looking for the King of the Jews, the Word of God. How does your pursuit of the King of Kings compare?

How far have you gone while seeking the Word of God? How far are you willing to go to find the Word of God? (This is not necessarily a physical journey, but a spiritual one.)

How will, can, and does your pursuit of the Word of God affect others? Family? Coworkers? Neighbors?

To Bring Christmas (the touch of Jesus) Home, what will you be focusing on this year?