The Announcement – God’s Voice Heard
Luke 1:26-38 (Week Two of Advent)
- God manifested His work in Mary so that Jesus Christ would be manifested to the World. (Luke 1:26-29)
- Mary encountered a crisis of fact and faith that only the truth of Jesus could resolve. (Luke 1:34)
- The Holy Spirit made the Purpose of Christ reality. (Luke 1:35)
- The reality of Christ caused worshipful obedience (Luke 1:36-38)
Questions for Further Discussion:
- When was an occasion that you received an unexpected honor?
- How do you tend to react when you receive unexpected good news?
- Who greeted Mary? Why? (Luke 1:26-28)
- How did Mary learn of her role in Jesus’ birth? (Luke 1:26-28)
- How did Mary feel when the angel appeared to her? (Luke 1:29-30)
- How did Gabriel describe the child that would be born to Mary? (Luke 1:31-33)
- What title would Jesus have? (Luke 1:32)
- What Old Testament personalities were part of Jesus’ royal line? (Luke 1:32-33)
- Why wasn’t Mary struck dumb by the angel as Zechariah was? (Luke 1:34)
- How did Mary’s response to the angel differ from Zechariah’s? (Luke 1:34, 38)
- Why did Gabriel mention Elizabeth’s pregnancy to Mary? (Luke 1:36-37)
- What kind of attitude was apparent in Mary’s response to the angel’s visit? (Luke 1:38)
- What did Mary’s final statement to Gabriel show about her relationship with God? (Luke 1:38)
- What do Mary’s responses to Gabriel tell us about the kind of people through whom God works?
- In what different ways do people respond to the story of Christ’s birth?
- What difference does it make whether or not a person believes that the child born to Mary was really the Son of God?
- How has the fact that “with God, nothing is impossible” taken root in your life?
- In what ways would you say Mary’s responses to Gabriel summarize what our relationship with God ought to be like?
- What “impossibilities” in your life do you want to thank God for this week?
- What can you do to maintain a servant’s attitude as you live from day to day?
- In what ways can you develop the kind of humble spirit that Mary had?
Here is an Invitation … for you.
Ever notice how happy people seem to be around Christmas time? Everyone seems to be smiling, rushing around shopping for presents, attending parties, and looking forward to the various events of the season.
But what about those of us who aren’t quite feeling it? And what about those of us who are downright blue during the holidays? Sometimes there’s a reason – the loss of a loved one, or other memories we’d really rather not remember, and sometimes, it’s just what’s going on in the world around us, that beats us down and causes us not to enjoy the things we used to enjoy – like celebrating Christmas.
Where is our hope? Can we be honest without bringing everybody else down? Is it okay to feel this way? Is it normal!?
Ever ask those questions? If so, you might want to attend a special service:
A Blue Christmas – A Service of Hope (For Those Who are Grieving)
Wednesday, December 20th
Come and share an honest look at the Hope of Christmas…
Celebrate in a new way.
And be comforted
December Newsletter from Judeo-Christian Outreach Center:
“What projects would you like someone to take care of for you?” When you are a non-profit and never have enough money for all the needs you are aware of, it is answered prayer when a ministry asks you how they can help. That’s what Operation Inasmuch from King’s Grant Baptist Church did for JCOC recently. They removed items that could not be fixed and they repaired or replaced damaged items.
Come visit JCOC and you will notice one of their projects; we have a new sign that was donated and installed by them and it looks great! They also provided a large amount of clothing and 12 Welcome Home Baskets for JCOC clients moving into their new homes.
Thank you to the amazing volunteers from King’s Grant Baptist Church who worked on these projects; Anna Alexander, Heather Burner, Jim Cummings, Donald Downs, Bill Forbes, Ray Kirby, Foster Matter, Dan Reed, Dan Rush, and Kenny Toombs. A special thank you to Cheryl Douglas who coordinated Operation Inasmuch and Pastor Ken Pruitt for his and his church’s overall support of JCOC.
The Story. God’s Plan Revealed
Isaiah 9:1-2, 6-7
- The Story: from brokenness to redemption (Isaiah 9:1)
- The Hope: divinely planned and forever assured (Isaiah 9:2)
- The Person: a Light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2, 6-7)
Questions for Further Study:
- What positive associations do you have with light?
- Although he had been preaching God’s judgment (particularly on the kingdom of Israel), what
total reversal did Isaiah foresee in the future? (Isaiah 9:1)
- What contrasting images did Isaiah use to set the scene of his prophecy? (Isaiah 9:2)
- To what situations did Isaiah compare the joy that will be Israel’s? (Isaiah 9:3)
- What did Isaiah predict God would do for Israel, causing her to rejoice? (Isaiah 9:4-5)
- How does Isaiah describe the Ruler who will be provided by God for His people? (Isaiah 9:6-7)
- What attributes of God are apparent in this passage?
- How is God’s promise of the coming child an answer to His anger over our sin?
- How would you explain the Light that came into your darkness?
Why might it be dangerous to downplay the seriousness of our situation whenever we encounter hardship?
- What specific injustice in your area of influence can you challenge in the name of God? How?
- What person do you know who is still “walking in darkness” for whom God would have you
This week is the KGBC Business Meeting starting at 5 pm. We will have AWANA at the usual time, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. If you know of any parents that would like to attend the Business Meeting, we will be glad to have the kids (3 years old – 6th grade) join us for the evening!
THEME This Week: Wear Crazy Glasses or Sunglasses!
PARENT’S NIGHT OUT: Winter Wonderland
Friday, December 8
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Dinner – Fun – Movie
We have about 40 kids signed up so far – this is going to be a lot of Christmas FUN! We are going to share the Christmas Story with the kids, sing some Christmas carols and make some Christmas ornaments! Dinner and a movie are also included!
We have sign-up sheets available on Sunday. We are making plans for this event and need you to sign up by Wednesday, December 6. This will be a great date night or you can maybe do a little Christmas shopping without the little ones!
We need kids’ names, Ages, parents’ names, cell phone (that you will have with you that night) and food allergies (and any other medical info we may need to know).
Sunday, December 10 – Join us for the Church Wide Christmas Program – “A Night of Worship – Hallelujah to the Baby Who Came!” in the Sanctuary at 6 pm. AWANA will be from 4:30 – 5:30 pm that night so we can all attend.
DATE CHANGE: Friday, March 16 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
We will be ordering cars at the end of January so be on the lookout at the beginning of the year for sign ups!
THE PROPER CONFIDENCE
How Can You Be Certain Your Life Will Make an Impact?
Impact Statement #9: I will make a difference.
Your Life Will Have a Lasting Impact as you…
- Engage your spheres of influence (Philippians 1:1-2)
- Consistently recognize the joy of serving Christ and others (Philippians 1:3-4)
- Depend upon God’s work in you and through you (Philippians 1:5-6)
Questions for Further Discussion:
- What’s your usual way of saying hello to your friends?
- In your family, how important are greetings in affirming each other?
- Who was the author of the letter to the Philippians? (Philippians 1:1)
- How did Paul identify himself and his coworker? (Philippians 1:1)
- To whom did Paul address this letter? (Philippians 1:1)
- How did Paul greet the Philippians? (Philippians 1:2)
- When Paul thought about the Philippians, what did he do? (Philippians 1:3)
- How were the Philippians in partnership with Paul? (Philippians 1:4-5)
- What was Paul confident about? (Philippians 1:6)
- Why is it a good practice to begin a letter with a Christian blessing?
- What godly encouragement can you offer other Christians?
- Paul complimented the church at Philippi; what positive things can you say about our congregation?
- How is Paul’s prayer for the Philippians a good prayer for you to copy?
- What prayer of thanksgiving can you offer for our church today?
- How can you encourage someone in his or her Christian journey this week?
- Which Christian brother or sister would be heartened to receive a letter from you this week?
New Seasons Greetings
Come get a new outlook on Christmas.
If “God with us” is the point of the season, shouldn’t we make it a point to spend time with Him?
See you at 6:15 on November 29.
We at King’s Grant pray you will have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving weekend! Count your many blessings.
Remember that the office is closed from Wednesday at noon through Friday this week.
Please remember your assignments for Sunday – teachers, preschool volunteers, musicians, sound board guys… you know who you are. Our worship services don’t happen without our committed leaders.
CHURCH NOT A BURDEN. Spectator or Participant?
I Corinthians 12:12-20
Impact Point #8: I Will avoid religious traps in the church.
5 Facts about You and the Church
- Each member of the Body of Christ is made so by the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).
- The significance of each individual part of the church exists in the formation of the whole (1 Corinthians 12:14).
- All individual parts of the Body of Christ are necessary for the proper functioning of the church (1 Corinthians 12:15-16).
- The uniqueness of the parts of the body are interdependent (1 Corinthians 12:17).
- God’s perfect design of the body is the oneness and diversity (1 Corinthians 12:18-20).
Questions for Further Discussion:
- When have you felt insignificant in an organization?
- What functions in the church do you feel are most important? Why?
- In what way are Christians like a human body? (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)
- Why should outward appearances or status not matter to us? (1 Corinthians 12:13)
- What unifies all Christians? (1 Corinthians 12:13)
- What makes Christians unified and dependent on one another? (1 Corinthians 12:13)
- What lessons are there in seeing the church as a human body? (1 Corinthians 12:14-17)
- Who arranged the parts of the body of Christ? (1 Corinthians 12:18)
- Why shouldn’t all Christians perform the same function? (1 Corinthians 12:19)
- Why should members of the body of Christ not say to each other, “I don’t need you”? (1 Corinthians 12:21-22)
- How might you compare your place in the body of Christ to a part of the human body?
- How well do you interact with other members in the body of Christ?
- When have you felt like an important or insignificant part of the body?
- What part do you serve in the body of Christ?
- How are you able to help other Christians?
- What has God appointed you to be in the body of Christ?
- Why do people often assume that certain duties in the church are more important?
- How can you honor the contributions of others in your church?
- How can you treat the “weaker” members of your fellowship as indispensable?
- What is one way you can show concern and love for another member of your church?
- What would be the best way to use your unique abilities in the body of Christ this year?
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