Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on December 6, 2020
Passage: Matthew 1:18-25
This Sunday, Mike kicked off our Christmas at Northstar series by showing us why Jesus left heaven and came into our world to be born as one of us.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, or challenged you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What is the furthest you have ever traveled from home? What was the biggest cultural difference you noticed?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In Matthew 1:23, we learn that Jesus was also called Immanuel which means “God with us.” On Sunday, Mike explained that Jesus left his home in heaven and entered our world as a human to let us know that He understands our human experience. Mike gave three examples from Jesus’ life that shows He understands our struggles.
- Which one of the examples have you experienced most recently? Sadness, Fear, Ignorned/Rejected
- Why is it important to you that you have a God who understands how you feel and has faced what you face?
- What encouragement does Hebrews 4:15-16 give you?
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NLT2)
This High Priest of ours [Jesus] understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
2. Back in the time that Jesus lived, names were significant and full of meaning. In Matthew 1:21, the angel said that the baby should be named Jesus because “he will save his people from their sins.” The name Jesus meant “God saves.” What do we need saving from? Sin and death. In the message, Mike explained that the heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart. We are all born into this world with a sin nature. This means that we naturally choose to think and act independently from God and His truths. This will ultimately lead to being spiritually separated from God for all eternity. The good news of Christmas is that Jesus entered our world to forgive our sins, give us a new nature, and reconcile us with the Father. What do the following verses say about how we can receive this good news?
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT2)
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
John 3:36 (NLT2)
36 And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.
Romans 10:9-10 (NLT2)
9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
- In light of Romans 10:9-10, does anyone know what you believe about Jesus because of your words?
- Why does the author of Romans (Paul) insist that verbal confession of Jesus coincide with faith in the heart? Is it possible to have one without the other?
- What steps can you take this week to ensure that your talk about Jesus and your faith in Jesus are in sync?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?