Discussion Questions: Come Let Us Adore Him – Week One

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To further the conversation started by the weekend message, use these discussion questions in a group study or for personal reflection.

Our message this week – O Come Let Us Adore Him – The Faithful Adore Him

1.  As we transition from the Thanksgiving holiday to the Christmas holiday we, as followers of Christ, should see and understand things differently than the world does. We should understand the present of as well as the presence of Christ.

  • Share when and how you started to view the Christmas season differently.
  • Share about any of your family traditions or activities that may have changed as your understanding of the present of Christ changed or has grown.

2.  Christmas is a time of sharing and a time of inviting. Who will you invite to Faith Promise to the Christmas production?

3.  The first verse of the song Oh Come All Ye Faithful mentions who comes – the “faithful”. Pastor shared that the faithful come to corporate worship, come to church.

  • In what ways is attending church, or corporate worship, important in the life of a Christian?

4.  People see Christ differently. Some see the Christ of the manger, some the Christ of the cross, some the Christ of the grave, and some simply do not see Christ at all. As His followers we see Him as our risen savior, triumphant over death. in the first verse of the song we  are using as a basis or launching point for our series we are told that the “faithful” come “joyful and triumphant”.

  • In what ways are we to be joyful and triumphant?
  • At times we can all allow our celebration to be dependent on our circumstances. As followers of Christ we should center our celebrations around or on Christ. What does this look like in the life of a believer? How do we walk this out in our daily lives?

5.  Often, if we are honest, we may find ourselves looking for the hand of God. In other words, we look for God to bless us and to provide for us according to our wishes and desires. In reality we serve a God who deserves so much more from us. We should seek to know Him more and should have a desire to seek His face.

  • How have you looked for God to provide for you?
  • Have you had periods of time or seasons during your walk when your expectation for and of Him took precedence over your desire to worship and celebrate Him?

6.  If we are to truly worship God and prepare to celebrate His birth we must understand what is hindering us, blocking us, or distracting us.

  • What circumstances in your life, or expectations of Him, might be hindering your celebration of His birth this Christmas?

 

Scripture verses:

Hebrews 10:25

Romans 12:1-2

Micah 5:2-3

Matthew 2:1-12

 

Faith Promises’ scripture verse for 2013:

 Psalm 65:11

 

The Nativity Live – Special Christmas Event

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Join us for this special Christmas weekend. All of our Preschool and Elementary kids will take part as we tell the story of Jesus’ birth. In fact, you can even dress up as a character from the Nativity like a:

Shepherd
Angel
Mary
Joseph
Wise Man
even a Star!

Join us at the Faith Promise Campus nearest you!  See below for Campus Times & Locations.

Anderson Campus:

Sunday, December 15 @ 10:30am

Blount Campus:

Saturday, December 14 @ 6:30pm
Sunday, December 15 @ 10:00am & 11:30am

Campbell Campus:

Sunday, December 15 @ 10:30am

North Knox Campus:

Sunday, December 15 @ 9:30am & 11:00am

Pellissippi Campus: 

Friday, December 13 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, December 14 @ 6:00pm
Sunday, December 15 @ 9:45am & 11:15am

**Psst!**
Hey Parents!
We can’t wait to see your kids dressed up as part of the Nativity.
Please remember!  Costumes do not need to be elaborate.
In fact, the simpler, the better. Dad’s old, brown tie makes a great Shepherds head band, and a white bedsheet is an excellent Mary dress. Let your kids take part in putting together their costume and have fun!

Come Let Us Adore!

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Dear Faith Promise Family,

The joyous holiday season is here! As I reflect on all God has done for us at Faith Promise, I’m reminded once again how grateful I am to be your Pastor! It truly is one of my greatest joys in life, and I love you and pray for you each day. During the coming Thanksgiving week I hope that you will have a wonderful time of rest and fellowship with your family and friends. And as you celebrate with loved ones, I encourage you to pause and give thanks to our Lord for the countless blessings and freedoms He has so graciously allowed us to experience. We can never thank Him enough!

Taken from one of the most loved and familiar Christmas carols, O Come All Ye Faithful, the theme of our new sermon series is, Come Let Us Adore. This four-week series on worship begins November 30 and continues through December 22. As we think about this most wonderful time of year and the birth of our Savior, what better time could there be to focus on worship? Let all the faithful come and bring their worship to the only One who is worthy to be celebrated and praised!

“…And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6

Also, on the weekend of December 13-15 we will present the moving drama, Angels Anonymous. You won’t want to miss this special event which features the Christmas story told from the unique perspective of the angels. Please use this drama and the entire series to invite the lost and unchurched that you know. This will be an awesome opportunity to reach out to many who are more open to hearing the Gospel at this time of year. Handouts showing service times at your campus will be available for pick up this coming weekend.

I ask you to please begin praying now about whom God would have you bring with you as you come to worship during the next month. Praise God, we are now at 572 souls baptized for the year! How many more will come to know Jesus and spend eternity in Heaven because of your obedience in following God’s leading? I can’t wait to see all that He will do at each of our locations!

See you this weekend!

Love,

Pastor Chris

P.S. Please note that the church offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 27-29.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Discussion Questions: An Attitude of Thanksgiving – Are You Thankful?

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To further the conversation started by the weekend message, use these discussion questions in a group study or for personal reflection.

Our message this week – Are you Thankful?

1.  Pastor Josh shared that we have a tendency to neglect the simplest things, such as being thankful for everyday things that we take for granted.

  • What are examples of things that you should be thankful for but that you generally take for granted?

2.  One illustration of not being thankful for what we have been provided is by asking for, dwelling on, or expecting something other than what we have been provided, such a bigger house, a newer car, a larger raise at work than what we received.

  • In what ways is this showing a lack of thankfulness?
  • In what ways can this become unhealthy for us in life and in our walk if this is our prevailing attitude or outlook?

3.  In Ephesians 5:18-20 the filling of the Spirit is referred to as a continual or ongoing activity, and it discusses some of the aspects of the life of someone filled with the Spirit.

  • Discuss why this is ongoing or continual?
  • According to this scripture what are a couple of potentially visible aspects or characteristics of the life of someone filled with the Spirit?

4.  Pastor Josh shared that in order to receive the filling of the Spirit you must have an attitude of submission and the level of your submission directly corresponds to the condition of your heart.

  • How does a follower of Christ maintain a submissive attitude?
  • What is your heart condition?

5.  3 perspectives on giving thanks

  • You think that you have only what you deserve, meaning that you have it because in essence you deserve it.
  • You give meaningless thanks, meaning that you do it out of coercion or an automated response, but not heartfelt gratitude.
  • You have a true heart of thankfulness and gratitude.
  • What do you think leads a person to the first or even the second perspective above?
  • What do you think helps someone make the transition from one of the first two perspectives to the third, a true heart of gratitude?

6.  3 levels of thanksgiving

  • Being thankful when we receive a blessing.
  • Being thankful when we see a blessing coming.
  • Being thankful when life is falling apart around us.
  • Why is the first level the easiest for most of us?
  • Share about someone you have witnessed or who has influenced you that remains thankful and gives God glory even as lifes circumstances have dealt them a difficult hand to deal with.

7.  One reason that we fail to thank God now for what we have is that we want more, we want the next step, and we fool ourselves into thinking that when we get more or when we get to the next step that then we will stop to thank Him then.

  • Are there things that you should be thankful for, or people you should be thankful for now, at this point in time, that you have not given thanks for or who you have not reached out to say thank you to?
  • Assuming that you have something to be thankful for that you have not previously recognized, how will you handle your response to the last question?

 

Scripture verses:

Ephesians 5:18-20

Luke 18:9-14

Romans 8:28

 

Faith Promises’ scripture verse for 2013:

 Psalm 65:11

You Are Invited to Join the Women’s Precepts Bible Study!

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You Are Invited to Join the Women’s Precepts Bible Study

II Thessalonians by Kay Arthur

This study begins Tuesday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Boys & Girls Club in Oliver Springs. The Boys & Girls Club is located at 675 E. Tri-County Blvd., Oliver Springs, Tennessee. 

Jesus is coming soon! Many Christians feel inadequate and worry about this event. By delving into and applying the wisdom the apostle Paul shares with the Thessalonians, they can become confident in their walk with God. This exciting inductive study series brings readers face-to face with the truth of God’s precepts, promises, and purposes.

This is a 6-week study led by Luana Blanton.

Cost of the study material: $15.00.