Mighty God | Dec 17 – Dec 23, 2017

Series Big Idea

The one whose Name is above all names wants to be our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

Message Big Idea

As Mighty God, Jesus empowers us to live a life of courage

Scripture

Matthew 1:18-23, Ephesians 1:18-21, & Ephesians 3:20-21

Ice Breaker

What’s the best movie you saw in 2017? The best book you read? Why that one?

Opening Thought

We spend a lot of time thinking about power in worldly terms, the power to start a war, end a war, raise taxes, lower taxes, give a raise, or fire someone – even power in superheroes like Thor or Wonder Woman, these are all powerful things – but at the end of the day they aren’t the power, the might of the life we’re supposed to be living. Have you ever known someone who lived the power of a Christian life?

Bible Discussion

  1. Read Matthew 1:18-23, how is the power of God shown in this passage of Jesus’ conception?
  2. Read Ephesians 1:18-21 and 3:20-21, what stood out to you?
  3. What are some descriptions of Jesus’ might in these three passages? What do they say about the “might” of Jesus?

Life Application

  1. Power comes in different styles and sometimes just getting through the day can take power we don’t think we have. Have there been seasons in your life when pressing on took all the strength you had? What was that like?
  2. There is power in partnering with God, to work with God to restore the world. What could it mean to partner with God this week? Where is God moving around you? Can you sense it?
  3. Trying to stay in step with God can be discouraging when we tire or when the race is long. Read the quote and discuss what it could mean to you right now: “And so it is when our weakness swims in the stream of God’s almighty power. Our God is the God who gives power to the faint.” -N.T. Wright, Small Faith, Great God
  4. Where do you need God’s power in your life right now?

Challenge

Partner up in your group and discuss how you would finish this sentence: “Jesus, I need your power to….” Then spend time praying for each other. Go through the rest of your week praying for each other, remembering that God has promised that we can live in God’s power, rejecting the old systems, and living in new freedom of purpose.

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