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Lesson: Living in the Tension

Leader’s Section

This is simply a guide for you to follow as you lead your group. Below is a recommended worship song, icebreaker, and flow for your B-Group experience.

Worship Song: “First Noel Christmas Carol”

Prayer: Always begin and end with prayer.

Icebreaker Question: What is your favorite thing about the Christmas season? Why?

Stay In The Know: Church-wide outreach is happening on December 18!


LESSON

Key Scriptures: Luke 2:36-38 (NLT)

The Big Idea:

Advent means coming. As believers, we get to live in the Hope of the world!


Main Points:

  1. We Have the PROPHECIES

    • 2 Peter 1:19-21 (NLT)
    • Jesus fulfilled 55 overtly obvious prophecies, plus over 300 that some scholars believe pointed to Him.
    • The prophets and prophecies that predicted He would come are the same that predict His second coming.
  2. We Have the PROMISES

    • 2 Peter 1:4, Ezekiel 36:25-27 (NLT)
    • There are over 7,000 promises in the Bible.
    • When you have a promise from a trustworthy source, it produces hope!
  3. We Have the PRESENCE

    • Ephesians 1:14 (NLT)
    • God’s very presence within us gives us the hope of all He has promised us!
  4. We Have the PAST

    • 2 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT)
    • Take into account God’s faithfulness.
    • We are so quick to forget!
  5. We Have the PEOPLE

    • 1 Corinthians 15:19–20 (NLT)
    • We can look at what the Lord has done for each other and be filled with hope.
    • We can encourage each other in our hope. When you forget, I remember!
  6. We Have the PERSON

    • 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
    • Natural hope is based on things lining up and looking right, but our hope is not based on circumstances.
    • It really doesn’t matter what is happening in the world; our hope is in Jesus!


Discussion Questions:

Have you ever been through a trial and felt the Presence of God?

When was a time you have been encouraged by what the Lord did in someone’s life?


Challenge: Over the next few weeks, we have the opportunity to see this season through new eyes. Advent is a season to see your hope renewed. Ask the Lord to reveal the areas in your life you have lost hope. John 14:14 says if we ask anything in Jesus’ Name, He will do it. I believe that in this season the Lord is going to renew your hope and make all things new! As we get ready to go into a new year, let your faith be strengthened. Step out and believe the promises of God are for you!

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You may never feel closer to God than the moment you decide to forgive someone who isn’t worth it.
—-Rick Bezet "Forgive and Remember"