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Title and Topic

Christmas 2: What God Teaches us about Discipleship

Transformation and Witness

Today we go right back to the beginning. So often we think of disciples through the lives of Saints, and certainly Jesus Himself. But today, what does God teach us about discipleship? We are told that from the beginning, God created, and He is still creating today. Today we want our people to see our all-powerful God who made the heavens and the earth, and at the same time, we want our people to see our all-powerful God who cares for each one of us.

Today’s Takeaway: God creates life, and the purpose of life, the purpose of discipleship is to Glorify God.

The constant takeaway is this: People would know that Discipleship is learning to love, look and live more like Jesus.

Scriptures

Psalm 147:12-20
Ephesians 1:3-15
John 1:1-18            In the Beginning…

Teaching Questions/Ideas

Opening

What does a name reveal about a person?

As you read and discuss, consider what the names given to Jesus reveal about God.

Read John 1:1-18

1. What does John say about the Word in verses 1-5? What do Hebrews 1:1-3 and Revelation 19:13 also teach about the Word?
2. What themes do you find in common with Genesis 1:1-4? Why do you think John chose to begin his gospel in this way?
3. Describe the aim and purpose of John the Baptist’s life (6-8, 15). How does your own aim and purpose in life compare? What can you do to be a witness to the light in the world you live?
4. How is the response of the world to the Word ironic? (10-13).
5. How does the image of receiving or not receiving a person help you understand and explain what faith is all about?
6. What does it mean to be God’s child, and how does a person become a child of God? (See also John 3:3-8; Romans 1:16, 10:17; Ephesians 2:8-9; James 1:8; 1 John 5:12).
7. How have you come to believe that Jesus is the Christ and receive life in His name?
8. Why is it important that the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (14)? What does this truth reveal about God that distinguishes Christianity from all other religions?
9. How do verses 16-18 further explain God’s purpose through the incarnation?

 

Closing

The Prologue of the Gospel of John shows “how the Son of God was sent into the world to become the Jesus of history, so that the glory and grace of God might be uniquely and perfectly known” (D. A. Carson, The Gospel According to John, The Pillar New Testament Commentary, 110–111).

How does the Word becoming flesh and making His dwelling among us to reveal God to us inform how we are to make disciples?

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