Home for Christmas
“Finding the Way Home”
We are homeless, helpless and hopeless apart from God.
What does “I am the way” mean?
1. We must believe in Jesus as the way to the Father.
Jesus was born to die.
Jesus’ death is the way to a right relationship with God.
Jesus’ death opens the way to home/heaven.
Jesus’ death is the way to our salvation.
2. We must follow the way of Jesus.
In order to follow Jesus’ way, we must turn from our way.
What is the way of Jesus? How did he live?
He lived in loving connection with the Father.
He lived dependent on the Spirit.
He loved and served people.
The greatest gift you could give people this Christmas is the gift of you living more like Jesus, following the way of Jesus.
LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Our Lives
- Did you ever get lost when you were younger and couldn’t find your way home?
- How would you answer someone who said “I don’t have a problem with Jesus being ‘a way’ to God, but I don’t believe he is ‘the way;’ that is too narrow-minded and exclusive to me”?
- Read Proverbs 14:12. What are some “ways” that “seem/appear” to be right to people today, but in fact lead to death?
- What “ways” do you find yourself tempted to follow?
- What is the first thing you think about when you hear “follow the way of Jesus” or “live like Jesus”?
- The word “way” has two definitions: it means “road, path, route” and also “manner of life, method of living, pattern of behavior.” Read 1 Cor. 4:17, Gal. 1:13, Eph. 4:20-22, and 2 Tim. 3:10 (which all refer to the second definition) and describe what kinds of things you think Paul is referring to in these verses.
- What simple act that you seeing Jesus doing in the gospels could you and/or your group do/start doing? Come up with a plan to do it.
Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Intentional Evangelism/Loving People