Week of November 27, 2022

Message – Upside Down Christmas Week 1

DIG IN QUESTIONS

In light of this week’s message, we encourage you to consider these questions and dig in a little deeper with your personal study, with your family, or with your small group.

  1. How has being a Christian been different for you than what you expected?  If you are not a Christian yet, what do you think being a Christian would be like?
  2. What are some of the most common misconceptions about Christianity that you have heard?  (ie. legalistic, judgmental, hypocrisy, etc.)
  3. In this series, “Upside down Christmas” we are looking at many of the ways the arrival of Jesus can turn things upside down.  We will see how for Jesus, Christmas wasn’t a holiday to celebrate but a rescue mission to accomplish.  Read Matthew 1:17 and notice the genealogy written through the passages before it.  Why was this so important to the readers at the time?
  4. Why was it so “upside down” to mention Rahab, Judah and Tamar, Bathsheba, Uriah, and Ruth in this genealogy?  What would mentioning a prostitute, someone being impregnated by your father in law, Adulterer, Murderer, and a Moabite all be so potentially damaging to Jesus resume’ to some but able to better accomplish his mission for others? 
  5.  How does knowing that Jesus wasn’t ashamed of the messy past of his family past help encourage your acceptance into his family now?  How could you use an authentic and vulnerable personal testimony to reach those who have misconceptions about being “too bad” or “too far gone” to be accepted into the family of Jesus?