WC#1: Are We Invited?

Study Guides

STUDY GUIDE FOR 12-02-18

What’s Christmas All About?  Are we Invited?

Think about life: 

  • If you are telling someone about the people in your family tree, what people might you be prone to leave out because they are imperfect or have struggled?
  • If you are telling your life story, with whom or what type of person are you most likely going to honest about your imperfection and struggles?
  • In your experience, has church been a group of people with whom you can be honest about your imperfections and struggles?  Why or why not?
  • Since the Apostle Paul says we all fall short of God’s standard, why do we sometimes judge people who fall short, even though we do ourselves?

Digging Deeper into Scripture: 

  • Read Matthew 1:1-17
    • o Review from Sunday’s message:
      • What does “Jesus” mean?  What does “Messiah” mean?
      • Talk about the imperfections of Abraham, David, Jacob, and Solomon.
      • Talk about the challenges faced by Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba.
    • o If Matthew includes imperfect men and women who faced daunting challenges in Jesus’ family tree, what does that have to say about us today?
    • o How “good” do we have to be to be invited by God into His story?
    • Read Luke 19:1-9
    • o Note:  Zacchaeus was a tax collector, a Jew who was collecting taxes for the occupying Roman government.  He paid a sum for the right to collect the taxes and became rich by collecting more that was due the Romans.  He was a traitor to his own people.
    • o Why do you think Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus?  What does it mean that a public figure was willing to climb a tree to get a look at Jesus?
    • o Discuss the different between what the religious leaders through of Zacchaeus and what Jesus said to Zacchaeus?
    • o What impact did Jesus’ visit have on Zacchaeus?
    • o What would it look like for you to start interacting with the Zacchaeus’ in our community like Jesus?   What gets in the way?
    • Read 1 Timothy 1:15-17
    • o Why was Paul not afraid of embarrassed to call himself “the worst of them all”?
    • o What happens when God invites the worst of us to Himself?
    • o Who gets the glory?

Scripture readings:  Luke 15:1-31; Luke 19:1-10; 1 Tim. 1:15-17