Arrival – An Advent Series on Waiting and Believing: Longing & Believing (12.13.21)

Processing and responding to the Sunday sermon

Opening Prayer

After the group welcomes one another, have one person open in prayer and then take 2-3 minutes of silence. As you sit in silence, ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart in love toward God and your group mates. 

Elizabeth & a Promise-Keeping God

During our third Sunday of Advent, Melissa preached on the faith of Elizabeth, connecting the dots between this New Testament story and its Old Testament predecessors.

Elizabeth’s story in Luke 1 testifies to the nature of our promise keeping God. Not only is God faithful to keep His promises to Elizabeth, He also is faithful to a number of women in the Old Testament who He promised would be pregnant—in spite of doubts, age, fears, control, and so on.

At the core of it, Elizabeth’s story helps us see the value of longing and desire—how much God meets us in the diversity of our longings. .

Reflection and Discussion

Read Luke 1 and then prayerfully and silently reflect on the passage and these questions.

After silently reflecting, take these thoughts into a time of group discussion.

Closing Intercession

Pray for your group, our church, our city, and our world.