Big Idea: The Trinity is not truth just to be understood, It is also fuel for our relationship and worship of God.
Vision For Leaders:
In this section of Luke, we read the story of the birth of Christ. To many this brings up loads of questions about who Jesus is and the Trinity. In our Sunday teaching, we covered a basic explanation of the Trinity by going through the Nicene Creed.
But the Trinity is not truth just to be understood, It is also fuel for our relationship and worship of God. This week will focus on interactive worship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Text: Luke 2:1-21
“2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
— Luke 2:1-21
Leader Modeling: As leaders of the group, you help set the temperature and example for your group. God has equipped you and you have gold to give in this regard. Tonight lead out in answering the group discussion question first for your group.
Group Discussion Question: Describe your relationship with each member of the Trinity. Does it feel more natural for you to engage with God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit? Is there one that feels more challenging? Why do you think that is?
Activation: Tonight we are going to use the Nicene Creed and the Scriptures it was built off of to engage with God in worship.
Distribute the document: Nicene Creed With Scripture References
Take 15-20 minutes and with worship music playing encourage people to use the Nicene Creed document to inspire and shape their worship. Have people write or draw prayers of gratitude and praise directed at each member of the Trinity.
Follow Up: After the time is finished, bring everyone back together and discuss how that went, what did they notice as they engaged in worship? What did they feel?
Close: The same God who we worship is also a God who answers prayer. Break into groups and pray for specific needs anyone would like prayer for.