Questions and going deeper resources
CONNECT: How could we grow in our service to others to be more like Jesus over advent?
- What do you think is the best thing about being human? What do you think is the most challenging?
- Do you think people find it more challenging to acknowledge Jesus as human or divine?
Read Hebrews 2:14-16
- As you think through the New Testament accounts of Jesus’ life, how do we see his humanity?
- As you think through the New Testament accounts of Jesus’ life, how do we see his divinity?
- What does it mean to you to know that Jesus is both fully human and fully divine?
- What does the author mean by, “the children have flesh and blood”? Why was it necessary for Jesus to also share in our humanity?
- How did Jesus ‘help’ us (along with all of ‘Abraham’s descendants’)? How can that fill us with wonder?
- If Jesus is fully human, in what ways can he sympathise with us? How does that bring you comfort?
- How did Jesus suffer when he was tempted? How can Jesus help us when we are tempted? Practically, how can we better: (a) recognise that we need help in those situations; and (b) come to him?
- In your own devotional life, how does (or could) remembering Jesus’ humanity help shape your prayer?
- If Jesus is fully God, in what ways can he know and help us? How does that shape your life as worship?
- Who holds the power of death? How is it a form of slavery? How does Jesus break those bonds?
- Have you ever thought of yourself as a slave? If so, in what way? What does it mean to you to be free?
- Do you ever have a tendency to emphasise one aspect of Jesus’ nature over the other (i.e., you might tend to emphasise his humanity over his divinity, or his divinity over his humanity)? Why so?
- What can it look like to emphasise Jesus’ humanity over his divinity? How might that be a problem?
- What can it look like to emphasise Jesus’ divinity over his humanity? How might that be a problem?
- As you prepare to celebrate Christmas, how can you be reminded that Jesus is both fully human and fully God?
APPLY: What is one way that your prayer life this week can reflect both Jesus’ humanity and divinity more richly?
On Your Frontline This Week: Ask someone what is the most challenging moment of Christmas?
Listen, Watch, and Read:
- WATCH: Seminary Now: Talks on Advent
- LISTEN: “The Suffering Son” by William Taylor
- LISTEN: “And was made Man” by John Stott
- LISTEN: Handel’s Messiah
- Series Overview (PDF & Audiobook)
- Read: “The God who Became Human” by Graham Cole
- Read: “On the Incarnation” by Athanasius
- Read: “What Christians Ought to Believe” by Michael Bird
- Read: “Is Christmas Unbelievable” by Rebecca McLaughlin
- Watch: “The Word Becomes Human” by the Bible Project
- Watch: “The Incarnation (Spoken Word)” by Humble Word
- Listen: A Carols Playlist (curated by the St Bartʼs staff team)