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Study Questions: 11.21.21 Songs and Scripture - Go Tell It on the Mountain

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Tim Keller wrote in his book Hidden Christmas, “As a Christian believer, I am glad to share the virtues of the day with the entirety of society.  The secular Christmas is a festival of lights, a time for family gatherings, and a season to generously give to those closest to us and to those in greatest need.  These practices are enriching to everyone, and they are genuinely congruent with the Christian origins of the celebration.”

1.  Do you agree with this statement?  Why or why not?

2.  What Christmas music do you listen to when Christmas time rolls around? Why?

3.  What do these Christmas virtues mean to you?  Family, Community, Generosity, Peace, Joy, Reflecting the image of God, and Love. 

4.  What other Christmas virtues are exhibited during Christmas time?

Read Ezekiel 36:26.  Pastor Don recited a verse from the song Joy to the World, “Let every heart prepare him room” and said that the Holy Spirit is doing this in the secular world during the Christmas season.

5.  Do you believe that the Holy Spirit works in this way? 

6.  Pastor Don said that “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is an example of how the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of unbelievers, that the actions of the people of Whoville made the Grinches heart grow three sizes that day.  Do you agree with him? 

7.  How do our actions in the community help complete the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19?


Read Isaiah 52:7, Luke 2:8-16 and 1 Corinthians 1:26-29.

8.  Pastor Don said that the slave who wrote “Go Tell it on the Mountain” was like the Shepherds on the night Jesus was born, a person of no consequence.  Why does God use ordinary people to proclaim his truths? 

9.  This Christmas how can we go beyond just saying Merry Christmas and explain to an unbelieving world that Jesus isn’t just the reason for the season, He’s the reason for everything?   

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