Series Big Idea: The love of God and the life of Jesus brings hope to everyone, regardless of situation and circumstance.
Session 1: “Dealing with Disappointment ”
Big Idea:When things don’t go our way we typically respond with anger, doubt, or some sort of disappointment. During this message we’ll attempt to help people see that even when things don’t go our way, we can remain hopeful. And inside the tension between asking and receiving we can learn some valuable lessons about how life works and the hope Christ brings to us.
Scripture: Luke 1:5-80
Characters: Zechariah & Elizabeth
Session 2: “Unexpected Purpose”
Big Idea: God brings purpose to our life in the most unexpected places.
Scripture: Luke 1:26-55
Session 3: “Facing Your Fears”
Big Idea: Every page of Scripture reveals that God is with us wherever we go, so we do not need to be afraid in any situation or circumstance.
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
CHRISTMAS EVE: “Hope Has Come”
Big Idea: While we are often told not to “get our hopes up”, because of Jesus we can have renewed hope and believe that what He brings to us is far better than we could ever hope for!
Scripture: Luke 2:1-14
Session 4: “Hope for Everyone”
Big Idea: From the moment Jesus was born, a message was communicated that there is hope for everyone. We see an angel first appear to the shepherds (the poor and lowly), and then a star leading the wise men (magi), who were wealthy scientists.
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12, along with Luke 2:8-20 as supplemental text
Characters: Wisemen (and by contrast, the shepherds)
• Sermon Manuscripts in MS Word
• Small Group Guide with Leader’s Guide in MS Word and PDF
• Service Flow for each week