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ALIVE IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

December 23
Lesson 4

ALIVE IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

DEVOTIONAL READING: Psalm 97
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE: John 1:1–14; Ephesians 4:17–5:14




KEY VERSE
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."John 1:14




LESSON OUTLINE

Introduction
      A.      Grotesque Creatures of Darkness
      B.      Lesson Background
I.      Life-giving Light (JOHN 1:1–5, 14)
      A.      At the Beginning (vv. 1, 2)
      B.      In Creation (v. 3)
      C.      In Contrast (vv. 4, 5)
      D.      Among Us (v. 14)
II.      Light-walking Life (EPHESIANS 5:1, 2, 6–14)
      A.      Moving Toward God (vv. 1, 2)
      B.      Moving Away from Darkness (vv. 6–8a)
      C.      Living Right (vv. 8b–10)
      Be a Living History
      D.      Creating Visibility (vv. 11–14)
      Resurrection Light

Conclusion
      A.      The Light Has Dawned
      B.      Prayer
      C.      Thought to Remember


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THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2012 | ADVENT
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT

 Old Testament Isaiah 35:1–6
   Psalm Psalm 111
           New Testament  1 Corinthians 1:26–31


Christian Worship One Year Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009).

GOD’S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT

Sunday, December 23
GOD’S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT
"If while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation." —Romans 5:10–11
How do we practically receive reconciliation and exult in God? One answer is: do it through Jesus Christ. Which means, at least in part, make the portrait of Jesus in the Bible—the work and the words of Jesus portrayed in the New Testament—the essential content of your exultation over God. Exultation without the content of Christ does not honor Christ.

In 2 Corinthians 4:4–6, Paul describes conversion two ways. In verse 4, he says it is seeing “the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” And in verse 6, he says it is seeing “the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” In either case you see the point. We have Christ, the image of God, and we have

The Rise to Power

December 23: The Rise to PowerProverbs 25:1–28
If you’re driven, you’ve probably worked very hard to get to where you are. Being driven is a good thing, but being driven at a cost to others or by elevating yourself by your own accord is detrimental. Proverbs 25 offers this warning from the perspective of King Solomon: “Do not promote yourself before the king, and in the place of the great ones do not stand. For it is better that he say to you, ‘Ascend here,’ than he humble you before a noble”(Prov 25:6–7).

People tend to get nasty when power or moneyis involved. It’s uncomfortable to wait for that promotion, but God asks us to remain patient. At the end of the day, attaining leadership because you’re worthy is a much great honor than obtaining it because you were louder than someone else or placed yourself in front of them. We should always take initiative and strive to succeed, but we need to remember that it’s not our place to decide our fates. We must place that in God’s hands, an…