LifeMatters Grand Opening
Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to graze with the herds moving from shop to shop and deal to deal. The endless pursuit of material accumulation completely consuming our thoughts. The media tells us which days to shop and even how we should order, (Black Friday, Cyber Monday) and the stores collaborate to offer “deals” on those days. Christmas has become overrun by retail America. I am sure if you ask your class, someone braved the dark and ventured out for midnight openings or waited in line at 4 a.m. to fight a crowd and spend their money. While none of this is necessarily bad - crazy maybe, but not bad - for those that follow Christ, Christmas should be about a whole lot more. What is your Christmas looking like right now? More hustle and bustle than worship and praise? What does it say about us that our celebration of Christmas looks so similar to the world’s celebration? These are all questions for us to ponder together as the Christmas season unfolds.
Our theme for the month of December is to take a look at the story of a man, Jesus, and how life changed forever due to His story. This week we will be looking at how the story of Jesus was foretold. His arrival was predicted and expected. Isaiah tells us very clearly about the Suffering Servant and describes the coming Messiah. This week is about how all the prophecies provide evidence that Jesus is in fact that Messiah.
As you are leading in your class, I want to know how to best minister to you. What types of things would be beneficial to you as you prepare for this week’s lesson? My desire for this blog is simple: to help you, the leader, communicate God’s truth to your class. This week, being your first lesson using LifeMatters and my first LifeMatters blog, I’m going to set up my plan and hope to hear from you so that this blog will be something that benefits you the best way possible. Each week by Wednesday our conversation will begin. I will be offering my additional thoughts to the lesson, points to make sure you communicate, special messages from the authors of the lesson, any news articles that may be useful, as well as any video or audio options you might like. That is what I am planning on doing. I would love for those of you who are teaching to be able to add to the conversation. What are your thoughts concerning the lesson and points of interest that God spoke to you about during your personal study? I truly feel that as we work together, God will be glorified and His Word communicated in life changing ways. I will begin this week by offering some songs that may add to your study. These are simply a few songs I found and enjoyed while working on this study. An official playlist will be coming out soon, but until then, enjoy!
- “Vision of You” by Shane and Shane from the album Pages
- “Ready to Love” by Spur 58 from the album Sleepwalkers
- “Beg” by Shane and Shane from the album Pages
- “Saved” by Warren Barfield from the album Reach
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