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Who Needs Christmas, Part 3: We Do by Andy Stanley

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We reduce Christmas to forgiveness. We can’t live up to God’s standards, so he sent Jesus to make things right. Maybe your entire experience with God has been: nobody’s perfect, but God forgives. That message isn’t necessarily incorrect, but it’s incomplete. The message of Christmas is bigger and better than that.

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We reduce Christmas to forgiveness. We can’t live up to God’s standards, so he sent Jesus to make things right. Maybe your entire experience with God has been: nobody’s perfect, but God forgives. That message isn’t necessarily incorrect, but it’s incomplete. The message of Christmas is bigger and better than that.

We need Christmas because Jesus wants us to have life, and have it to the full. He came to save us from slavery to sin. He came to rescue us from the power of sin in us. We need Christmas because we need a savior.


Scripture: John 10:10 — 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ; Romans 6:12–14 — 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Who Needs Christmas, Part 3: We Do

INTRODUCTION
We reduce Christmas to forgiveness. We can’t live up to God’s standards, so he sent Jesus to make things right. Maybe your entire experience with God has been: nobody’s perfect, but God forgives. That message isn’t necessarily incorrect, but it’s incomplete. The message of Christmas is bigger and better than that.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What is one of your favorite Christmas memories? Why is it special to you?

  2. Read John 10:10. Is it difficult for you to believe Jesus wants you to have life to the full? Why or why not?

  3. Do you tend to view the story of Christmas as Jesus providing forgiveness for your sins or as Jesus setting you free from sin? What has shaped your view of the Christmas story?

  4. Is it difficult for you to believe that sin doesn’t have to be your master? Is it difficult to believe that Jesus has set you free? Why or why not?

  5. Read Romans 6:12–14. What do you think it would look like for you to “offer yourself to God”? How would your daily life be different?

  6. Does sin currently masters you? What can you do to remind yourself that sin is not your master because Jesus has set you free? How can this group support you?

MOVING FORWARD
We need Christmas because Jesus wants us to have life, and have it to the full. He came to save us from slavery to sin. He came to rescue us from the power of sin in us. We need Christmas because we need a savior.

CHANGING YOUR MIND
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

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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