Every generation of Jesus followers is responsible to ensure the news of the Christian faith stays true to the original. So are you good news? What if you’re the only news someone gets?

Start Talking

  • Was the gospel presented to you as “fire insurance”?  If yes, how has that shaped your view of the “Good news”?
  • Do you know anyone who deconverted from Christianity? What reason(s) did they give?
  • Have you been tempted to give up on faith because of an encounter with a person of faith?
  • Conversely, who is someone who has strengthened your faith?

Look It Up

  • Read Read Philippians 1:1–8.
    • What stands out to you?
    • According to these verses, what does it mean to live a life that helps people believe that the story of Jesus is good?
    • What does it  personally look like for you to put others before yourself?
    • Have you ever met a Christian whose approach to relationships reflects Paul’s instructions in these verses?
  • In light of this conversation, why is it important that Jesus came as a baby rather than a King? (Phillipans 2:6)
  • Andy made this statement about Jesus: “He leveraged his power and influence for those who had less power and influence.” Who can you leverage your power and influence for?

What Now?

  • Who do you need to thank for being ‘Light” to you? Consider calling them or writing them a letter this Christmas!
  • Is anyone coming for Christmas who needs to see and experience the good news through you?
  • What’s one unexpected thing you could do for that person that would make your light shine a little brighter than usual? Any of these?
    • Apologize immediately.
    • Forgive quickly.
    • Defer habitually.
    • Give sacrificially.

Think On This

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

Additional Resources

The Lost Letters of Pergamum by Bruce Longenecker (Book)