Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on December 13, 2020
Passage: Luke 2:1-7
This Sunday, Mike continued our Christmas at Northstar series by showing us how God can use adversity for our good.
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
Growing up, what was the greatest obstacle you had to overcome?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In Luke 2:1-7, we see the difficult road that Mary and Joseph had to travel in order to bring Jesus into the world. While not easy, God used their faith and sacrifice to bring our Savior into the world to rescue us from our sins. During the message, Mike gave us three reminders to hold onto when we experience difficult times.
- Which one of the three reminders do you need most today and why? The three reminders are… God is still on His throne, God can handle what I give Him, God is not finished writing my story.
2. Many people in our country are struggling financially, emotionally, socially, and otherwise because of the pandemic. What has been your greatest struggle? What has this struggle taught you about yourself? God?
3. In the life of Joseph, we find someone who went through major life adversity. He was beat up by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused, lost his job, and thrown into prison. However, Joseph ended up being the second in charge over all of Egypt and saving his brothers from starvation. What does the following verse tell you about Joseph’s perspective regarding his adversity?
Genesis 50:20 (NLT2)
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
- When has God used a difficulty or struggle in your life to bring about something good?
4. Have you ever grown weary in waiting for a struggle to pass or for God to answer a prayer? What motivation do the following verses give you for staying faithful while waiting on God’s timing?
Isaiah 40:31 (NLT2)
31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Galatians 6:9 (NLT2)
9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Hebrews 12:3 (NLT2)
3 Think of all the hostility he [Jesus] endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?