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Who Needs Christmas, Part 2: God Did by Andy Stanley

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The Christmas story began in Genesis with God’s promise that through one man the entire world would be blessed. Apparently, the world needed blessing. But it wasn’t only the world that needed Christmas. God needed it too.

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The Christmas story began in Genesis with God’s promise that through one man the entire world would be blessed. Apparently, the world needed blessing. But it wasn’t only the world that needed Christmas. God needed it too.

The world needed Christmas. So God staged a demonstration and documented it so the world would know. He did it because we needed to see it to believe it. God had to be with us so we could know he was for us.


Scripture: Galatians 4:4–7 — 4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but Godʼs child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. ; Romans 5:6–8 — 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Who Needs Christmas, Part 2: God Did

INTRODUCTION
The Christmas story began in Genesis with God’s promise that through one man the entire world would be blessed. Apparently, the world needed blessing. But it wasn’t only the world that needed Christmas. God needed it too.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Talk about a time you had trouble convincing someone else of something you knew to be true.

  2. Read Galatians 4:4–7. In what ways does our culture tempt us to behave like slaves even though we’re God’s children?

  3. During the message, Andy said, “The events of Christmas would be unbelievable if the story wasn’t so remarkable.” Do you find the Christmas story unbelievable or remarkable? What are some of the things that have shaped your view of Christmas?

  4. Read Romans 5:6–8. What are some truths about God that you wouldn’t know if Jesus hadn’t demonstrated them?

  5. During the message, Andy said, “Jesus’ death demonstrated the magnitude of our ingratitude and the magnitude of his love for us.” Is it difficult for you to believe God loves you that much? Why or why not?

  6. What can you do this Christmas season to show gratitude for God’s choice to demonstrate his love for you? How can this group help you?

MOVING FORWARD
The world needed Christmas. So God staged a demonstration and documented it so the world would know. He did it because we needed to see it to believe it. God had to be with us so we could know he was for us.

CHANGING YOUR MIND
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Andy Stanley:
Communicator, author, and pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 30 churches around the globe, collectively serving nearly 70,000 people weekly. As the host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, with over five million messages consumed each month through television and podcast, and the author of 20-plus books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; Ask It; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; Visioneering; and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most influential living pastors in America. Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.

 

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