Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on December 12, 2021
Passage: Isaiah 9:1-2,6; Luke 15:11-24
Seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah prophesied about a coming Messiah who would be a light that would lead the people out of their darkness. Before Mary and Joseph named Jesus at his birth, Isaiah gave Him the name, Everlasting Father. In part 3 of our Christmas at NorthStar series, Mike Linch showed us how Jesus is fatherly toward His followers.
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
Reminisce about your childhood. Do you have a favorite memory of your father or a favorite shared activity? Allow a few in the group to voluntarily share with the group.
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message, Mike used the story that Jesus told about the Prodigal Son to describe how Jesus is fatherly towards us. In the parable, we see how His love and character never changed. In the beginning of the parable, the son took his share of his father’s inheritance and hit the road. At the end of the parable, we see the father continuing to show grace toward his wayward and repentant son. Jesus doesn’t change how He feels about us based on our performance. What can you learn about the strength of Jesus’ love for you from the following verses?
John 13:1 (NLT2)
1 Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.
Romans 8:38-39 (NLT2)
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Hebrews 13:8 (NLT2)
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
In what situations do you especially need to remember that Jesus’ love for you never wavers?
2. Jesus is also fatherly toward His children in that He is forgiving. We see this attribute in how the father accepted his son in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Consider the following verse:
Luke 15:20 (NLT2)
20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.
In the message, Mike made this statement: “We are more sinful than we could ever dare imagine. We are more loved and accepted than we could ever dare hope.” How did the Prodigal Son relate to this statement?
How have you identified with this statement in your own life?
3. Jesus is also generous towards His followers. We see this attribute demonstrated in Luke 15:22 by the father towards his sin: “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast.’”
Why do you think the older son was so shocked and upset by the father’s generosity?
As a group, make a list of the ways that Jesus has been generous towards you.
What are some ways you can show the generosity of Jesus towards others this week?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?