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Advent: “The King and the City - The Lord is our Righteousness”
by: Elder Jake Woods

Warm-Ups
(15 min)
If your group has more than 7 people, you're encouraged to split into men's and women's groups for "Warm Ups". Also, it often works better to go around the circle three times instead of each person having to answer all three questions at once.
  1. Share your high moment and low moment of the week.
  2. What is a favorite Advent or Christmas song?
  3. Share an Advent/Christmas tradition that you enjoy with family or friends.
  4. What is God teaching you in your life right now?

Large Group Prayer (10 min)
Take turns praying (1) Thanksgivings, (2) for each other's needs, and (3) for our community. Click herefor creative ideas on how to pray as a group.
  1. Pray for families who are hurting.
  2. Pray for St. John’s as we call our St. John’s campus pastor.
  3. Prayer for those who are suffering from addiction.
  4. Pray for our community of faith and how we can best care for our city.

Study Questions (35 min)
About the Sermon
  1. Share how the first Advent Sunday’s message impacted you.
  2. Jesus is the fulfillment of over 300 Old Testament prophecies. Pastor Michael specifically talked about eight categories of prophecies during Sunday’s message - place of birth, time of birth, manner of birth, betrayal, manner of death, people’s reactions, piercing His side, and burial.
    1. Can you think of other OT prophecies Jesus fulfilled?
    2. What is the significance of jesus fulfilling these prophecies?
    3. What does both the prophecy and the subsequent fulfillment tell us about God’s promises?
  3. Promise:
    1. A promise is defined as:
      1. Noun - a declaration of assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen.
      2. Verb - assure someone that one will definitely do, give, or arrange something.
    2. How would you define a promise? What does the word promise mean to you personally?

A Deeper Look

  1. Read the Gospel text from Sunday’s message - Luke 21:25-36. In Verses 29-3 we read about the parable of the fig tree. As surely as sprouting leaves on the fig tree foretells summer is near so too the signs in the heavens and on earth foretell the return of Jesus as King.
    1. Creation shows us in both dramatic and subtle ways God’s promises are certain.  Dramatic ways include those described in Luke 21 – roaring and tossing of the sea, the heavenly bodies will be shaken, etc.  More subtle examples include leaves on the fig tree, winter changing to spring, dawn overcoming the darkness of night, caterpillars becoming butterflies, etc.  All of these examples from creation embody the promise that death is not final.  Can you think of other examples from creation that embody the promise of new life?  Why does God give us both dramatic and subtle reminders of His promises?
    2. Just as Jesus already fulfilled prophecies and promises of the Old Testament, so too his return as King will completely fulfill God’s remaining promises.  Read three or four of the promises in the verses below.  Can you think of other promises God will fulfill?
      1. John 14:2 – 3
      2. Revelation 21:4 – 5
      3. Exodus 15:18
      4. Daniel 7:14
      5. Matthew 24:31
      6. John 5:28
      7. 1 Corinthians 15:51 – 58

Life Application
  1. Since we can take God’s promises to the bank it should impact the way we live on a daily basis.  As Sunday’s message discussed, we should start with the end in mind knowing Christ will return and usher in an eternal kingdom of peace, justice, and love.
    1. How does the certainty of God’s promises affect the way we live today?  If helpful, use the following verses as guidance:
      1. 1 Corinthians 16:13 – 14
      2. Ephesians 6:10 – 18
      3. 1 Peter 5:8 – 10
      4. Luke 21:36
Discipleship Trios (25 min) 
The goal is to have intentional time to share your journey with others.  Break into same-gender groups of three and move to separate spaces. If numbers necessitate flexibility, form groups of 2 instead.
  • Review the listener commitments if you haven't done so in a while.
  • The goal is not to pressure others into sharing more than they want to, or to give unsolicited advice, but to ask others how God is stretching them, be challenged by God's Word together, ask what others are planning to do about their growth areas, and ask how you can support them!

Share Your Journey:
What have you heard from God through your Life Journal / Bible readings this week?  What's an area of your life in which you know you need to repent and/or grow?

  • When you hear a confession, you're encouraged to speak God's forgiveness!
  • If you feel one of your group members is blind to something, (1) think about whether or not you're the right person to bring it up, (2) ask permission to share something, (3) phrase it as a question.

Discipleship Trio Prayer Time
  • Share: Tell us what connections you're building and spiritual conversations you're having with non-believing friends.
  • Pray for people who need God's grace in their lives. Pray for yourself to be a person who can share His grace.
  • Pray for non-believers in your lives by name: ___________________.
  • Pray for each other.

Optional Worship Song (+5 min)

  1. If you'd like, you can sing a worship song as a group. Don't have a musician? Sing along to a lyric video: SJDenver.org/Songs
    1. Advent/Christmas songs can be found at SJDenver.org/ChristmasSongs



Serve Our City

  1. Has your group planned an opportunity to serve our city for this semester? Click Here for a list of Service Ideas!



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