Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Home for Christmas
Week 1: Home for Christmas
PDF file for printing: 12-02-2018
- What’s your favorite Christmas song?
- Begin memorizing our verse for this Advent sermon series John 1:14:
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
What does this verse have to do with Christmas?
- E. Stanley Jones called John 1:14 the most important verse in the Bible. Why did he feel that this verse is so important?
- Read Galatians 4:1-7:
“What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. 4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”
What thoughts or questions come to your mind as you read this passage?
- The song “I’ll be Home for Christmas” was sung by Bing Crosby to encourage American soldiers serving in World War II who were longing to be home. This song shows the power and nostalgia of remembering “home” at Christmastime. Share some positive memories you have about Christmas in the home you grew up in.
- Why does home feel especially important at a time like Christmas?
God has come to be at home with you
- What famous person would you like to have over for dinner and why?
- Jesus, the most important person in history, wants to make his home with you. How does it impact a person or a family, when Jesus comes to dwell in your home?
- Paul writes in Galatians that “at just the right time”, God sent Jesus to be a human on earth. What does he mean by “at just the right time”?
- Jesus came to “redeem” people. Nowadays, we generally use the word redeem for what we do with coupons. What did the word “redeem” mean for Paul as he wrote this?
God wants to bring us home to Him
- God wants to adopt us and make us His children. Imagine what it would be like, after years of being an orphan or in foster care, to be adopted by wonderful, loving parents. Talk about the feelings you would have in that situation.
- Name one thing you’re hoping your family will experience this Christmas.
God wants to bring us home into His family
- How does Holy Communion relate to this idea of God wanting to make us part of His family?
- What was the most helpful idea for you personally from this sermon or from these two Scripture passages?