During the Advent period in 2016 we ran a series of four Bible studies leading up to Christmas.
These have been specifically written by Max Lucado to run alongside his new book ‘BECAUSE OF BETHLEHEM’.
This series replaced the normal house groups that would normally take place, but was open to everyone in the church.
Each Wednesday evening started at 7.45pm at church with the meeting opening with a short introduction on video by the author lasting between 16—18 minutes. Following this we split up into small groups to discuss the topic using the material provided.
The topic outlines for each Wednesday evening are as follows:
30th November: ‘GOD HAS A FACE’
7th December: ‘WORSHIP WORKS WONDERS’
14th December: ‘GOD GUIDES THE WISE’
21st December ‘EVERY HEART A MANGER’
We look forward to joining together as a church during these Wednesday evenings. Below is a synopsis of the ‘Because Of Bethlehem’ series:
Each year, the Christmas season compels people to ask the Christmas questions. What’s the big deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with me? Of all the responses to these questions, there is one that stands out from the rest: Because of Bethlehem, God knows what it is like to be a human. When we talk to God about our challenges, our struggles, and our tough times, he understands, because he’s been there. He’s been here.
Because of Bethlehem, we have a friend in heaven. We have a Saviour in heaven. Christmas begins what Easter celebrates. The child in the cradle became the king on the cross. Because he did, there are no marks on our record, just grace. Because of Bethlehem, we have the promise God is always near us. Always for us. Always in us. We may forget him, but he never forgets us.
No day is accidental or incidental. No acts are random or wasted. Just look at the Bethlehem birth. A king levies a tax. Joseph is forced to travel. Mary, as round as a ladybug, bounces on a donkey’s back. The hotel is full. The hour is late. The event is one big hassle. Yet out of the hassle, hope was born. Christmas reminds us that “everything works together for the good of those who love God” (Romans 8:28). And long after the Christmas guests have left, the carollers have gone home, and the lights have come down, that promise endures.