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Preparing for Christmas 2019

Preparing for Christmas – Part 3 – Waiting as Christian

By December 17, 2019April 21st, 2020No Comments
Passages Used: Luke 1:5-25, 39-45, 57-80
Today’s Questions: How does God sustain us in our waiting? What is “healthy” waiting?
As a group, open up by reading together.
Person 1: Luke 1:5-15
Person 2: Luke 1:17-25
Person 3: Luke 1:39-45
Person 4: Luke 1:57-67
Person 5: Luke 1:68-80
Pray for God to guide your conversation together, & for the Holy Spirit to give wisdom & insight.
Q1: God’s timing is different than our timing
  • What is something you waited on God for in the past?
  • How did you see His perfect timing play out?
Q2: We have an attitude of exchange
Pastor Julian reminded us that we often operate under an exchange system. It’s a perpetual “if-then” loop that never ends.
God wants our relationship with Him to be one of worship, not exchange.
  • How do you break the exchange cycle mentality and move into a waiting-worshipper mentality?
Q3: The higher way
The pathway of God, our walking in obedience, is an act of faith. This obedience-in-waiting is our faith walked out, our worship & our witness.
  • Who has been your best encourager to keep on keeping on?
  • How specifically do/did they encourage you in a positive way that spoke to your heart?
Q4: We can’t hold back
Pastor Julian reminded us that our waiting, and the situations we want to see happen, has no impact on the impact we can have for others.
  • Why do we want to hold back from serving, connecting and living as God calls us to when we’re -really- feeling our times of waiting?
  • How do you keep a heart of worship, an attitude of Kingdom-Impact, in your in between times?
Q5: Faith that He hears
We know it’s hard to feel heard when we’re waiting, and we can’t see anything happening.
  • How can our group encourage each other in prayer, to keep contact with God in our waiting?
Point of Prayer for our Small Group: Pray over the areas that the people within your small group serve within, let different people choose one area (not their own) to pray over.
Julian Malotti