“I Believe”

Sermon Series: The Apostles' Creed

Date: January 10, 2022 / Speaker: Spencer Smith

Sermon Discussion

Apostles’ Creed |  Part 3 | The Son | John 1

Gathering Question: 

What is one way you saw God work in your life this week? 

Gathering Prayer. 

Father, by Your Spirit, would you guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

John 1:1-13. Jesus has always been God. 

  • Why do you think people struggle to accept that Jesus is both fully God and fully human?
  • Jesus didn’t become God. Jesus was always God. Why is that important? 

John 1:14. The Word became flesh. 

  • We describe Jesus’ birth as the incarnation. The transcendent God was born in a particular place and in a set time in a real place to real people. Why is the incarnation significant to you? What difference does it make in your life? 
  • The glory of God was shown in the person of Jesus. How did Jesus Christ show the world the glory of God? 

Salvation-History. 

  • The Bible is full of miraculous births (even more than we talked about in the sermon):
    • Sarah. Genesis 17:9, “Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.”
    • Rebekah. Genesis 25:15, “Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.”
    • Rachel. Genesis 30:22, “Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive.”
    •  Moses’ mother. Exodus 2:3, “But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.”
    • Hannah. 1 Samuel 1:20, “So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
    • Elizabeth. Luke 1:7, “But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.”
    • Mary. Luke 1:34, ““How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
  • Why do you think we see this pattern in the Bible of miraculous births?
  • The Bible is one long, cohesive story of God’s salvation. What does this teach us about the character of God? 
  • What difference does this long, cohesive story of salvation make in your life? 

Closing Prayer. 

God of salvation, You have always been at work in the world seeking to save the lost. Thank you for your presence in our lives. May we be aware of your great love for us and for the world. Help us to share the great love of God with our neighbors and our lost world. Amen.