DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE HEROD
WEEK 2: DISCUSSION GUIDE
This week Scott talked about King Herod. Herod is traditionally viewed as the “bad guy” of the Christmas story, and for good reason. He unsuccessfully attempted to kill Jesus, and, in the process murdered an unknown number of innocent children. Herod is not a man with whom we typically want to associate ourselves. However, we all have one thing in common with Herod. We all have a deep-seated desire to protect what is ours. We all have our own “kingdoms” that are compiled of our possessions, our relationships, our goals, and our lifestyles. And as we follow Jesus, at some point we understand that He is a threat to our kingdoms. If he is in charge of our lives, we may not be able to have what we want, or do what we want. His lordship over our lives threatens our desire to decide what is best for ourselves.
Tell us about a time when something precious to you was threatened. What was your gut reaction? What did you end up doing about it?
How does following Jesus threaten the status quo of your life?
What Biblical commands or teachings are most threatening to your own lifestyle and preferences?
Is there one area of your “kingdom” that you need to work on surrendering to God? What is an action you can take to begin to surrender this thing?
Pray that we will be honest with ourselves, when we are protective of our own little “kingdoms”. Pray that as we grow in maturity, there will be nothing in our lives that is not surrendered to God.