Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on December 24, 2017:
- SUNDAY: Genesis 1,
- MONDAY: Genesis 2,
- TUESDAY: Genesis 3,
- WEDNESDAY: Colossians 2,
- THURSDAY: Philippians 1,
- FRIDAY: Hebrews 1,
- SATURDAY: John 1,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Behold Sermon Title: Behold the Gift and the Giver
Delivered On: December 17, 2017
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ([bible]James 1:17[/bible])
Thank God for the people in your life that are good gifts. Thank your Heavenly Father for the material things He has given that you appreciate and enjoy. Lift up praise and thanks for God, the greatest gift of all…His Son Jesus.
Pray about giving a Christmas gift to Shoreline for Jesus. This “First Gift” will be set aside for outreach in 2018. Our goal is always to underwrite the Community Outreach budget and Global Outreach budget for the new year before it starts. On Christmas Eve, there will be six services at Shoreline Church. The first four will be at 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, and 4:00pm. These will all be identical. We will have a Spanish language service at 5:00pm in the Parkside Room. At 11:00pm we will have a Candlelight/Communion service that will have different music and a different message. Pray about inviting one or more people to one of these services with you. Pray for God to open their heart to make worship a part of their Christmas experience.
Small Group Discussion
Tell about a great gift you received. What made it so special?
Tell about a memorable gift you gave to someone else. Why did you work so hard at making this gift special for this person?
Why do you think people enjoy giving and receiving gifts? How is this part of God’s design and purpose for us?
Read: James 1:16-17 What are some of the gifts God gives to all people (even if they do not yet know He is their Father)?
What are some of the unique gifts God gives to those who put their faith in Jesus Christ?
Read: Luke 2:4-7 How is Jesus the best gift ever given in history? What did the Father have to sacrifice so that you and I could receive this gift?
What does it take to receive the gift of Jesus? Why do you think some people decide not to receive the gift of Jesus?
Tell about one person who shared the gift of Jesus with you. What can we learn from the example of this person?
Who is one person in your life that still needs to receive the gift of salvation through Jesus? How can you share Jesus with this person? How can your group members pray for you and encourage you as you seek to share the gift of Jesus with this person you care about?