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Small Group Discussion Questions Is there a specific Christmas song that brings up positive memories for you? What about a Christmas song that is tied to a funny memory or story? Do you have any memories tied specifically to the song, “O Holy Night?” If you have the ability, have someone in the group play a version of O Holy Night for the whole group. What are some things about today’s world that make you feel weary? What about your own personal world? “The Weary World Rejoices”

Ben Davis

Luke 2:10 “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” 1 John 1:1 “We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.” This is R_____________! 1 John1:2 “This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.” This is L______________! 1 John 1:3 “We proclaim to you that we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” This is L_______________!

Joyful people _________________ gratitude by actively _________________________the good things in their lives.

Read Luke 2:8-11 1. Talk about the ways that Jesus birth has brought joy to you personally. 2. Do you ever “dress rehearse” tragedy?” In other words, when do you let yourself worry and stress over something that might happen? Read 1 John 1:1-4 1. What does it mean to you to know that Jesus’ close friend, the Apostle John, saw and heard and touched Jesus? 2. v. 3 says John proclaimed this news so that we can have fellowship with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. How are you experiencing fellowship with God and Jesus in your life today? 3. Talk about some things you can start doing this Christmas season to enhance your fellowship with Jesus. 4. Believing that the Christmas story is TRUE and experiencing FELLOWSHIP with Jesus should result in JOY, but Ben reminded us that JOY is something that most of us have to practice on a regular basis. 5. Talk about ways that gratitude for the gift of Jesus and all the blessings God gives can result in JOY. Action Steps: 1. Take a few minutes inside your group to write out a prayer of gratitude to Jesus. 2. Pray for one another to commit to recording one thing you are grateful for each day from now until Christmas and asking God to use your gratitude list to help you experience greater JOY.

joy “We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.” 1 John 1:4

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