December 17, 2017

Weekly Scripture Reading:
This Week's Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:1-3, 8-11 & John 1:6-8, 19-28
CLICK HERE TO READ Isaiah 61:1-3, 8-11
CLICK HERE TO READ John 1:6-8, 19-28

Connection Points 12-17-17 (John 1:6-8, 19-28)

We heard about John the Baptist for a second week here at Immanuel.  Last week we were reminded that God keeps His promises.  This week we focus on the theme of John’s work.  Yes, he called people to repent and be baptized, but what strikes me most about John is that he was constantly stepping out of the spot light, and pointing people to the True Light of the World – Jesus!

So often we love being in the spot light and being the center of attention.  Our sinful nature desires to be number one all the time.  But John points us to the Savior who draws us out of the darkness of self-centeredness, and fills us with the light of life.  Jesus takes our broken heart which is turned inward, and gives us a new heart that loves God and our neighbor.  It is not the work of a skilled surgeon or our own abilities.  It is the work of the Spirit which has been given to us as a gift!

Connection Points Discussion Questions 12-17-17

  • Read John 1:6-8, 19-28
  • What questions did you have from the readings, sermon or devotion this weekend?
  • John had every opportunity to take credit, but he continued to point people to Jesus.  Have you ever been tempted to take credit for something that wasn’t yours to take?
  • John was constantly pointing people to Jesus.  How are our lives as Christians like that of John’s?
  • What is Immanuel’s mission statement?  Why would John the Baptist really like it?
  • Why did John point people to Christ?  Why do we ultimately point people to Christ?
  • What makes our God different than all other gods in various world religions?