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11.29.20

Twas The Night - Part 1 - The Promise is Made

Twas The Night - Part 1 - The Promise is Made

Series: Twas The Night

Key Passage: Galatians 4:4-

Speaker: Nate Wagner

Discussion Questions

Is the Christmas season a positive or negative time for you?  How would you typically describe the holidays?  

  • Stressful
  • Delightful
  • Nostalgic
  • Lonely
  • Joyful
  • Dreadful
  • Family-filled
  • Frustrating
  • Lighthearted
  • Sad

What holiday traditions do you get most excited about this time of year?

The Christmas story unfolded over two thousand years until, as the apostle Paul said, “The set time had fully come” – until the conditions were exactly how God wanted them.

  • When has God’s timing been different than the timing you hoped or even prayed for?
  • How did you feel at that time?  How does hindsight change your feelings?

The struggling nation of Israel had no reason to believe God would keep his promises given their dire circumstances.  Talk about a time when you’ve seen someone trust God despite challenging or seemingly hopeless circumstances.

The full Christmas story – from God’s promises to Abraham all the way to the birth of Jesus – is a reminder of God’s timing, his faithfulness, and his trustworthiness.  Which of those do you need to be reminded of and spend time reflecting on this season?  Why?

Spend some time reflecting on this quote about Christmas by Tim Keller

“If Christmas is true, then we’ve got a basis for a personal relationship with God. God is no longer a remote idea or a force we cower before, but we can know Him personally. He’s become graspable.  If Jesus Christ is actually God come in the flesh, you’re going to know much more about God. You’re seeing Him weep. You’re seeing Him upset. You’re seeing Him cast down. You’re seeing Him exalted… Christmas is an invitation to know Christ personally. Christmas is an invitation by God to say: Look what I’ve done to come near to you. Now draw near to Me. I don’t want to be a concept; I want to be a friend.”