Let the Light In: Week One Study Guide

Kicking off “Let the Light In,” a special, four-week Christmas study, this study guide will explore how the promises of God are worth the wait!

 

TALK IT OUT

Below, you’ll find some key discussion points to reflect on and questions to discuss in your small group, with your family, or in your circle of friends, as well as some action points for the week.

Memory Verse of the Week: Luke 1:78–79 (NIV)

“Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

Getting the Conversation Going: Waiting can be hard—especially on Christmas! We just can’t wait to rip open the presents under the tree to see if we got what we asked for on our Christmas wish list. And while not every gift under the tree will live up to our expectations, sometimes what we receive is well worth the wait!

The Christmas story is all about a gift that was thousands of years in the making . . . a gift that was well worth the wait! What gift? The fulfillment of God’s promise of salvation through the coming of His Son, Jesus Christ!

The Gospel of Luke opens the Christmas story telling us about a couple named Zechariah and Elizabeth who had been waiting a long time to have a child! They wanted to have kids, but it just hadn’t happened for them. And like this faithful couple, the nation of Israel had been waiting. In fact, all of heaven and earth and everything in all of creation had been waiting thousands of years for the coming of the promised King and Savior of the world!

“But when the right time came, God sent his Son . . .”—Galatians 4:4 (NLT)

Discussion Question 1: Why is waiting for something we want so hard?

Worth the Wait: Here are just a few things we can learn from the Christmas story:

  • Waiting reminds us we’re not in control.
  • Your prayers are always heard.
  • God’s best work happens in the waiting.
  • When God shows up, it’s ALWAYS worth the wait!

Discussion Question 2: How can it help us to understand that we aren’t in control?

Discussion Question 3: Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV) tells us, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” Share about a time when the Lord provided for you while you were in a season of waiting on Him. How did He strengthen you? What did He teach you about Himself, you, and your circumstance?

Discussion Question 4: What role does prayer play in your life? What can you do to cultivate a more intentional prayer life?

This Week: Start preparing your heart for Christmas. Get excited and walk into these next few weeks with anticipation and expectation about what the Lord is going to do this season!

A LOOK AHEAD

In our next study, we’ll continue our special look at the Christmas story!

Additional Resources

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.