Preparing For Third Thursday: December 2015

This month we will be meeting on Thursday, December 17th with a specific goal in this Christmas season… We want to worship Jesus. 

I know that probably sounds like I’m being overdramatic or accusatory of people not worshiping Jesus during the Christmas season, but that’s not really what I’m getting at.

We kind of just want to worship Jesus. There is so much crazy in December that it is an incredibly sweet and refreshing thing to pause and put our full attention on our savior and ponder the power and beauty of the incarnation. 

We are going to sing, to pray, to meditate and ponder these things in our hearts.

We want to reflect on our savior entering this broken world for the purpose of seeking and saving the lost. We want to pray about our continued faith to bring Jesus’ name to this world. 

We want to take some time to pray for the family issues and opportunities that seem to come up every Christmas. We all need encouragement in how to engage relationships where there is Gospel opportunity or relational tension and we would love to cover those things in prayer and encourage each other as we head into Christmas.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 ESV)

Our hope, our peace and our future is Immanuel: God with us. 

The fact that God became man and dwelt among us has brought us life and salvation. We have been reconciled to the Father because Jesus came toe earth.

Questions to consider throughout the week:

  • What if it isn’t true? What changes in this world and in your life if Jesus was just another person like you and me?
  • What if it is true? What are some of the profound implications of the truth of God becoming a man? 
  • God fulfilled the prophecies that he gave, he provided a miraculous birth and through those sent Jesus into the earth to teach, heal, redeem and reign… How does that all shape your faith, life and worship?

Third Thursday is one day, specifically set apart each month, to slow down from our daily routine to seek God more intentionally. This posture of prayer, fasting, and worship is something that we want to grow in as a church, as a family. Together, we strive to set aside our busy-ness and passionately seek Him for our lives, our church, our friends, families and our communities.

Our next Third Thursday will be hosted by Anthem Thousand Oaks

390 Arcturus St. 91360