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Christmas Changes Everything // Part 2 The Revelation

John 1:6 – 13 

Review Last Week: How Christmas Changes Everything 

1. In Jesus we see a God who speaks and acts. 

2. In Jesus the mystery of godliness is revealed. 

3. In Jesus we are given light for our journey. 

“God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” NLT 

Revelatory means:

Quote: “Every job is a ______-_______________ of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.” 

How can you apply the above truth to your life?

I. Witness 

“The reason I came…was that He might be revealed.” John 1:31 

Two life applications for us: 

1) We are called to be a ____________ people and church! 

2) The point or purpose of your ministry is not ____-_____________ or personal happiness. It is to display God’s __________! 

PRAYER TIME: Pray for our witness of Jesus to shine brightly during this season. Pray for divinely arranged encounters. Pray that we will live for God’s glory. 

1 Peter 4:10 – 11, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”

II. Rejection 

In what ways do you see an organized cosmic unwillingness to accept the light of Jesus? 

PRAYER TIME: Pray for our Jewish friends, relatives, neighbors, etc. Pray for the nation of Israel and for the peace of Jerusalem.

III. Acceptance 

Throughout the Gospel of John, the verb “believe” is seen as an _____________ - as something we ____ in response to what God has done! 

Believing and receiving are the acts that bring us into _________________ with God. 

  • What does it mean to be “born again?” What does it mean to be adopted into God’s family? 
  • Is Jesus the center of your life? If not, what steps are you willing to take to change this?

Questions: Who are you following? Who is your leader, your shepherd, your life center? Jesus is calling you home to his family. How will you answer? 

PRAYER TIME: Pray for each other. Share a need. Offer your life up as a gift to the Lord. Welcome him to be the center. Take some time to listen.