When was the last time you celebrated Jesus with others? For some, we rely on marked holidays like Christmas or Easter to celebrate. Others it could be once a week at a Sunday service to celebrate. We continue our This Is Us series as Aaron White looks at why we celebrate. We learn that Jesus is worth celebrating, not for what he’s done, but for who he is.
This is Us: Celebrate
Speaker: Aaron White
Date: July 28, 2019
Wedding At Cana
Text: John 2:1-12
Religious Water Pots
Text: Mark 7:1-4
“The Wedding at Cana is about relational celebration, not a religious system.”
The God Of My Salvation
Text: Habakkuk 3:16-18
Celebrating In Prison
Text: Acts 16:16-40
Text: Philippines 4:12
“Jesus takes our life wherever we are, and whatever we are experiencing and has the miraculous ability to renew and restore our joy in a way only he can provide.”
1. Why do you think we often rely on a marked holiday to celebrate Jesus?
2. What words do you typically associate with Jesus? Why do these words come to mind?
3. Jesus made a bold symbolic statement at the wedding in Cana, he desecrated the holy water jars with party wine, thereby replacing ceremony with celebration. If Jesus came today, what sacred traditions or long-standing beliefs do you think he would need to challenge in order to make his point?
4. Have you ever had to find a reason to celebrate when your joy had run out? If so and you feel comfortable, please share your story, and how you found joy in the emptiness.
Why is it so hard to celebrate Jesus when the odds are against you?
5. How do you know if you’ve experienced the promise that “Jesus brings life to the fullest measure”? How would you explain this to a friend who’s never experienced Jesus like this?
6. Apart from a Sunday church service, when was the last time you celebrated Jesus with others?