Discussion Questions for Sermon Series A Christmas Carol Week 2
1. Read Luke 2:10. What stands out to you in this verse? Why?
2. Read Psalm 98:2-9. The hymn Joy To The World was based on this psalm. What screams Christmas in this psalm? Why?
3. How can Christmas be such a stressful time of the year? Jon said, “that happiness is based on what happens, but joy comes from God! " Do you agree? Explain why? Give an example from your life.
4. . The first stanza teaches: THERE IS JOY WHEN THE KING IS RECEIVED
--"Joy to the world! The Lord is come! Let earth receive her king; let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing." What stand out to you in this stanza? How hard is it to follow Jesus without giving him all of your heart? Explain.
5. The second stanza teaches: THERE IS JOY WHEN THE SAVIOR REIGNS. -- "Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains, repeat the sounding Joy.” How does Jesus bring you joy? Do you think that people can find true joy without Jesus? Why or why not?
6. The third stanza teaches: THERE IS JOY WHEN THE SINNER REPENTS. --"No more let sins and sorrow grow. Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow, Far as the curse is found.”
What do you think it means to repent? Do you think it is possible to please God without repentance?
Do you think repentance is an ongoing process in our lives? Why or why not? Is Christmas about repentance? Explain.
7. The last stanza teaches: THERE IS JOY WHEN THE TRUTH RULES WITH GRACE. --"He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove. The glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love." What do you have a tendency to lean toward truth or grace? Explain. How hard is it to balance truth and grace in the lives of your family? Explain. Was the way that you were raised, affect how you treat others when it comes to offering a balance of truth and grace? Explain.
8. How can you let the Christ-child change you this Christmas?