Christmas Special // 2019

Join Pastor Matt and Mary as they talk Christmas, look back on 2019, and look ahead to 2020 in this special Christmas edition of the Restoration Church Podcast. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Restoration Church and all our listeners and viewers around the globe!

Christmas Special // December 23, 2019

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God with the Nations // Matthew 2:1-12

This week we look at the story of the “wise men” who traveled a great distance to visit a new born King in Bethlehem. This miraculous event in history demonstrates God’s power, but also His relentless mission to make Jesus Christ known as Savior King for everyone, everywhere!

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What’s something new you learned about the story of the “wise men”?
  2. What is the most challenging thing for you to believe?
  3. What is the most challenging thing for you to do?

Additional Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast:

Unwrapping the First Christmas, by Dr. Michael Cooper
Sheep Among Wolves, Volume II (Documentary)

God with the Nations // Matthew 2:1-12 // December 17, 2019

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God with the Hopeless // Isaiah 9:1-7

The message of Christmas is the story of God’s fulfilled promise to break into the spiritual darkness and depths of human despair to bring permanent light and eternal hope for all. Christmas is the greatest “good news” event in human history that restores hope for the hopeless.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. In what way might you resonate with the story of Israel in the days of Isaiah?
  2. Where can you see God’s glory — his light and hope — already being revealed to you?
  3. How will you step into it that hope by faith?
God with the Hopeless // Isaiah 9:1-7 // December 10, 2019

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God With Us // Matthew 1:18-25

“Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays”? Today, Christmas is far removed from anything it was originally intended for, replaced with alternative stories and meanings. But why do we celebrate Christmas, and what are the implications for a people that God has revealed Himself to? Christmas declares the Kingdom of God is here.

Passages referenced in today’s podcast:

Matthew 1:18-25
Isaiah 7:14

Resource for Further Reading:
Unwrapping the First Christmas, by Dr. Michael Cooper (2019)

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Reflect on your Christmas and Holiday traditions. Is Christ typically “in”, “under”, or “above” these traditions?
  2. How will you choose the Kingdom of God this Christmas?
  3. How will you extend the Kingdom of God this Christmas?
God With Us // Matthew 1:18-25 // December 3, 2019

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