Christmas Peace in the Trenches

Christmas Peace in the Trenches - For Use During The Week following Sunday December 22, 2013
WELCOME (15 min)
Icebreaker: Think of a time in which you had to assimilate into a new group of people in which you had
very little in common. What was difficult about it and why? How did you solve that problem? Think of a time in
which you had to assimilate into a group in which many people had things in common with you but you did not
know it. Describe that experience.
WORSHIP (15 min)
WORD (45 min)
Read: Matthew 1:18-2:12, Luke 2:1-20, Isaiah 9:6, Romans 5:1, 2 Corinthians 5:18
1). Read the Christmas stories in Matthew and Luke and discuss those things that stick out to each individual
2). Read Luke 2:14 in a KJV and then in either an ESV, NASB, or HCSB? What is the difference? Are there
implications for these different renderings?
3). What implications might the ESV, NASB, or HCSB renderings have in regards to Romans 5:1?
4). What does the peace mentioned in Romans and Isaiah PRIMARILY mean? What secondary meanings might it
5). Given all of the discussions of peace mentioned above, what implications does 2 Corinthians 5:18 have for us
as a church, and for us as individuals?
WITNESS (15 min)
1. Divide and pray for yourself and for the individuals in your group to seek peace, live at peace with God
and others, and to be ministers of reconciliation.
2. Engage in mutual prayer for everyone's individual needs and for God's blessings and guidance for
Fellowship Church and her mission in our community and world. Ask that he grow our family and add to our
numbers. Ask that he give our leaders guidance and vision in regards to meeting His goals for our body.
3. Pray for God's peace and good will find its way to all men through our efforts as his people.
WRAP UP (35 min)