And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:
6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’” Matthew 2:1-6
Soak and Share
Soak and Share is a way for you to take Sunday’s teaching to the next level and challenges you to soak in (reflect on) the teachings and share them with others.
The Soak & Share for this week is to make time for the Word, reflect and pray. It is designed to stimulate conversation and improve your reflective time. You can use this to reflect individually or for group discussions.
READ & REFLECT Ecclesiastes 3: 1-14
- What does the Preacher say about everything under heaven?
- How has God made “everything appropriate in its time” in your life? What expressions of this have you seen recently?
- How have I seen 3:11 proven true in your life and the lives of others?
- What does the Preacher conclude is best for people to do? Why? (vs. 12-13)
- How does it make me feel to know that God is ultimately in charge of all the events in my life? How would you live your life differently if you believed God had no control?
- How do you struggle with the tension of knowing God is in control and yet seeing wickedness in control?
- What season of time are you in right now? Have you ever felt controlled by your season? How can you stop this from happening?