Unexpected – Part 1
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, December 6, 2020
Some parts of Jesus birth came as a complete surprise for those involved. How did they react?
Life Group content for this week
Unexpected – Part 1
THIS WEEK’S MAIN IDEA
An Unexpected Hope: Christmas was the birth of a new hope, or at least a renewed hope… people had been waiting so long that hope had begun to fade. When hope fades, it casts a long shadow over our lives and makes it difficult for us to hope again, even when God himself tells us there is something to hope in. But, as Zechariah’s story shows us, putting our hope in God’s promises never fails! The promise of Jesus is our greatest hope, if we will accept him.
What is something you valued for a time when you were younger but it turned out to be worthless in the end?
Christmas is spoken of as a season of Hope. Pastor Greg speaks of and equation:
Desire X Confidence = Hope
The strength of our desire is based on the value we place on what we hope for. The strength of our confidence is based on the reliability of the source.
1. What is something you value highly that gives you hope
2. How do you gauge the reliability of the source of something you have confidence in?
3. Nelson Mandela said, “I never lose. I either win or learn.” How have you seen that idea work out in your own life?
Read: Luke 1:5-25.
4. Zechariah and Elizabeth had waited a long time to have a child but when they did, he turned out to be someone special. This is something of a theme in Scripture. Who are some other parents in the Bible who waited a long time for their first child who turned out to be special?
Read Luke 1:65-80
5. Zechariah had given up hope for a son. Is there anything important in your life that you had given up hope for but then it happened?
Read Colossians 3:1-2
6. Heaven is something we are supposed to hope for as believers. How easy do you find it to “set your sights on the realities of heaven”?
What is God saying to you from His Word right now? What are you going to do about it?