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Lesson: Christ Centered Christmas

Icebreaker

What is your favorite memory from this past Christmas?

Prayer

Lord, teach me to put Christ at the center of everything in my life—my relationships, thoughts, etc.

Key Scripture

Colossians 1:15–20 NLT: “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him, God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”

The Big Idea

Christ should be the center of our worship. This means that He should have our focus and our attention. Our lives should revolve, or orbit, around Him. Read Matthew 2:11 and 14:32–33. Because Christ is God, He accepted worship. He is deserving of our worship because He is God and our Redeemer.

Discussion

Who or what has your worship? With whom or on what do you spend most of your time, attention, and focus?

Christ is the center of opposition. Read Matthew 12:30. Either we are for Jesus, or we are in the default mode of being against Him. We cannot toe the line. Either we have a relationship with Christ, or we don’t.

Christ is the center of hope. Read Matthew 12:21, Acts 4:11–12, and John 14:6.

Discussion

What does it mean to you that Christ is the center of hope? How does this affect your day-to-day life?

Christ is the center of reconciliation. Read Colossians 1:20, Ephesians 2:14 and 16, and 2 Corinthians 5:21. Christ is the ultimate sacrifice who paid the price for our sins so that we could have a relationship with God. Our sinful natures separated us from God, making us His enemies, but now, because of Christ’s shed blood, death on the cross, and subsequent resurrection, we can have peace with God.

Discussion

Have you been reconciled to God through Jesus? How has this reconciliation changed your life?

Application

Take five minutes every morning this week to meditate on the price that Jesus paid for you on the cross. Take time to think about His mercy, grace, and love shown toward you in His actions.

Action Point

Make Christ the center of your world.

For You, the Leader

  1. Instruct group members to do the following:
    • Pray for and touch base with another member before next week.
    • Invite someone to the group next week and/or to attend a church service with you.
    • Encourage someone this week.
  2. Remind the group about outreach. Find out which outreach will be taking place in the zip code closest to your group and participate. One of the greatest joys of life in Christ is serving others!
  3. What is the next step for each member of your group? Whether it is water baptism, Cultivate, or A-Team/B-Group leadership, encourage them in it. Also encourage all members to read their Bible and pray daily.
  4. Close in prayer, asking for any specific prayer requests.
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“If you’re facing sorrow, look at Jesus. He lives and so will you.”
—--Jonathan Stockstill "Jesus Our Hope"