We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. 17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
1. What is one marker of a good/bad Christmas for you?
2. What laws do you often turn to to secure/keep approval, belonging, and/or comfort?
3. What was do you indulge to secure/keep approval, belonging, and/or comfort?
4. When do you feel Jesus is closest to you? Does it feel different this time of year?
5. Jesus isn’t in the manger or on the cross – he’s in you…how does that change celebrating? worship? struggling? sin?
6. What about Christmas awakens the new life in you the most?