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Advent Conversations: Out of the Darkness; Into the Light

First, Seek Him...

We live in a world of darkness, the darkness of aloneness, fear and pain. Through Jesus, God made a way for us to have light – true Light! – in our lives. Are you experiencing the light of Christ in your life this Christmas?

...Then Speak Him

All the beautiful lights of Christmas are wonderful springboards to talk to the next generation about the light that Christ brings. As you Seek Him this Christmas, let the lights remind you to Speak Him to those entrusted to you! 

Isaiah 9:2
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light…
The light will shine on them…”

Word

God, What Are You Saying To Me?

I made a way for you to come out of the darkness in your life and walk in My light.”

Discover:  We live in a world of darkness that, in some way, every person experiences. Humanity needed someone to bring light to our darkness, and that’s where our Advent journey begins.

Dialogue: Christmas is a time of joy, but it can also be a time when our hearts hurt. Is there anything painful in your story right now? Let’s share about this as we enter Advent.

Dive In: Today we light our first Advent candle to remind us of God’s promised Light, asking God to show us how He brings light to our lives and world. We will light this throughout the month and add other candles to go with it. ~ Let’s take an evening drive (or walk!) this week. As we enjoy the Christmas lights, let’s remember Jesus is the most wonderful light we could ever experience!

Isaiah 9:2
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light…
The light will shine on them…”

Why

 God, Why Does This Matter?

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?…” (Psalm 27:1 NASB)

Discover: A dark room completely changes as soon as we plug in or turn on the Christmas lights. In the same way, Jesus’ coming brings light that changes us so we don’t have to be afraid. The angel said, “Fear not…I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). We can cling to Jesus’ light when we feel afraid.

Dialogue: What fears might you have, at school, with friends, at work or in life in general? How would you like those to change?

Dive In: Jesus’ light gives hope that affects the deepest parts of our hearts. Let’s pray Psalm 27:1 over the fears in our lives: “The Lord (Jesus) is MY light and salvation; I will not fear.”

Isaiah 9:2
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light…
The light will shine on them…”

What

 God, What Else Does Your Word Say About This?

The Sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death” (Luke 1:78-79)

Discover: Before the first Christmas, an old priest named Zechariah prophesied about the coming Messiah. His words painted the picture of a sunrise. Just like every morning’s sunrise chases away the darkness, Jesus’ coming is our Sunrise, chasing away our darkness, fears, shadows and even the power of death. 

Dialogue: Every sunrise welcomes us into a new day. In the same way, God “called us out of the darkness and into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Have you experienced this? Has God’s “marvelous light” impacted YOUR life?

Dive In: Let’s watch a sunrise together this week and talk about how it makes us feel when the darkness of night becomes the light of day. How is this a picture of what Jesus does in our lives?

Isaiah 9:2
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light…
The light will shine on them…”

Worship

 God, How do you want me to respond to this truth?

“I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)

Discover: Whatever darkness is in our lives, Jesus brings light and life when we follow Him.

Dialogue: What is YOUR Jesus Story? Have you asked Him to shine His light in your life?

Dive In: God says, “At one time you were darkness, but now you are light. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8) and “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 4:16). WE can be Jesus’ light-bearers in a dark world this holiday season. Let’s make a plan to shine for Him!

A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Those God has Entrusted to You!

“May the Lord be your everlasting Light, and may God be your glory (Isaiah 60:19). May you experience Him in every dark area of your life, at Christmastime and always. In Jesus’ Name, amen!!!”

© 2019 Tosha L Williams, Family Disciple Me

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