Advent – Expectant Peace
Advent is meant to be a season that draws us into remembering Jesus’ coming so that it will remind us to look forward to his coming again. We find ourselves living in the already, but not yet. And it is in this place that Jesus promises us his peace. But this only comes when we live with a single-minded devotion on God. During the Christmas season, we are distracted with so many things that draw our attention off of this posture of remembrance and expectation.
What sort of things need to go so that we can live with the single-minded devotion God calls us to? #HillChurchMcminnville
Psalm 119:10, Revelation 21:1-4, Mark 13:24-27, Matthew 24:44, Isaiah 26:3, 1 Cor. 10:23, Colossians 3:1-4
Small-Group Discussion Questions:
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? In an honest reflection, how much of this season is about feel-good traditions and not drawing closer to Jesus?
Have you ever considered Advent to be about preparing for Christ’s final return, not just his birth? How does that change this season for you?
What sort of things do you think God may be asking you to give up during this season to draw your attention into a single-minded devotion? How does that make you feel? (Sad, nervous, disappointed?) *Be honest! It’s ok to feel these things, just don’t let them draw you back to things God is calling you away from.
Do you live with Jesus’ return in your mind every day? When you think of your life, how much is dividing your focus away from setting your eyes on Jesus and living with a kingdom mindset? How can your group be a support or accountability as you work to walk away from these things?
Are there things that you are facing in life (or in the world) that are causing you fear or anxiety? How does John 4:18 help you to replace those things with God’s peace?
What are some things you could add to your Christmas season to help draw you and your kids into a true focus on Jesus? (Maybe commit to looking up some ideas and sharing them with one another.)