Don’t Miss It
(May NOTHING cause us to miss ANYTHING that Christmas represents.)
What we learn from the SHEPHERDS…
(1 Corinthians 1:27; Psalm 138:6; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Proverbs 3:34, 29:23; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7-8)
1.The shepherds didn’t let what others thought of them sway their RECEPTION of the message.
2.The shepherds were quick to EMBRACE the revelation and RESPOND to it!
3.The shepherds PROCLAIMED the message!
What we learn from SIMEON…
(Psalm 25:4; Leviticus 12:1-8; Psalm 73:25-26; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 4:5-6; Galatians 3:28; Isaiah 49:1-26, 9:6-7; Psalm 98:3; Malachi 4:2; John 1:9; 1 John 1:5-7; John 4:22, 9:5; Luke 24:47; Hebrews 4:12)
4. Simeon EMBRACED the Gift before he experienced it and didn’t grow weary in WAITING.
5. Simeon was SENSITIVE to the SPIRIT.
6. Simeon PROCLAIMED the message!
What we learn from ANNA…
(Hebrews 12:1,15; Psalm 1:1-6, 37:8; James 2:14, 4:7; Ephesians 6:7-8)
7. Anna didn’t cave to BITTERNESS.
8. Anna didn’t miss out by being wrapped up in other PASTIMES.
9. Anna PROCLAIMED the message!
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
1.Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
2.How might you have felt had you been one of the shepherds present for the angelic message? Describe how it feels to know that Jesus came and died for your sins. (How might the above 2 reactions/responses be similar?)
3.Do you ever feel inferior or intimidated when trying to talk about your faith with others? Why? What can be done to help with this?
4.Simeon waited for the Promise to come, and ‘He’ came! Why can waiting be difficult? What can happen to us while we wait? What are you ‘waiting’ for from God right now?
5.Simeon was sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading. What roadblocks stand between you and greater sensitivity to the Spirit? What can be done to knock these down?
6.Anna experienced tragedy early, but she didn’t cave to bitterness. It’s been said that difficulty can make a person bitter or better. Which way do you tend to lean? When has bitterness caused you to miss something good?