Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sunday Circles - The Christmas Experience

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Hymn: Isaiah 51:11
Memory Verse: Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Lesson: The Christmas Experience

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

Today we will discuss Christmas. The word Christmas is made up of two words:
1. Christ=the Anointed Messiah
2. mas=day

Therefore, when we refer to Christmas, we are speaking about the day of Christ.

Without regard as to which day, month, or season Jesus was actually born, Christmas is still a definable term we can use to celebrate His birth. The word Christmas, however, has come to mean different things to various individuals. Let’s discuss:

First Principle: What does Christmas mean to the world? 
Scripture Reference: Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Question: Discuss how the world experiences Christmas.

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: What does Christmas mean to the believer?
Scripture Reference: Luke 2:30-32 For my eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.
Question: Discuss how believers in Christ experience Christmas and what it means to us.

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: What does Christmas mean to God?
Scripture Reference: Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!
Question: Discuss what benefit God received from Christmas.  

Pastor closing remarks

·        Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
·        Memory Verse
·        Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.