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Bible Study: Dec. 20, 2015

NASHVILLE (BP) — This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

This week’s Bible study is adapted from the Bible Studies For Life curriculum.

Bible Passages: John 1:1-5, 9-14

Discussion Question: When have you been captivated by a rescue mission?

Food for Thought:

The Christmas season is upon us, and many of us — especially those with kids — will see these words by Christmas morning: Some assembly required.

Many of us dread those words. Maybe you’ve known that feeling. After you’ve finished assembling your item, you have one part left over. Everything seems to be in good working order, but you stare down at that unknown part. I have no idea what this is for. You can tear the whole thing down and start over … or simply ignore that part and throw it away.

Down the road when the item stops working properly, or something falls off, you realize that little part had a purpose after all.

It’s not always easy to determine the purpose of some things. Some of us even wonder about our own purpose. You may ask: What am I here for?

One person who never questioned His purpose was Jesus.

Typically, the week before Christmas, we study one of the Christmas passages: Matthew 1 or Luke 2. But this week, we’re going to be in another Gospel — the Gospel of John — to see why Jesus was born. The apostle John began his account of the life of Jesus by making sure Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth would be clear to everyone who reads his Gospel. We could use a lot of good theological terms to express that purpose, but let me state it simply: Jesus came to earth to rescue us.

As a part of your study of John 1:1-5, 9-14, discuss the following: What does the imagery in these verses teach us about Jesus?

Bible Studies For Life

Bible Studies for Life is a life-stage focused family of resources that addresses key issues in the lives of adults and students. Consisting of seven curriculum lines developed for various life and generational stages plus two others designed for deeper study, all of these resources focus on the same Bible passage for each week. Information about the seven curriculum lines and more information can be found on the Internet at LifeWay.com/BibleStudiesforLife.

Other ongoing Bible study options for all ages offered by LifeWay can be found at LifeWay.com/SundaySchool.

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