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Gary Lee Webber
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Gary Lee Webber

Let Earth Receive Her King

December 3, 2023

We sing it every year, “Joy to the World, the Lord Has Come!” But what does that mean? With war, injustice, and division all around, how can Christians believe that a baby born two thousand years ago has brought joy to the world? Join us for part two of Joy to the World, where we will discover God’s conspiracy to overturn the corruption of this world and establish his Kingdom of Joy.


Psalm 2; Revelation 12

A conspiracy on ##earth## (Psalm 2:1-3)

A conspiracy in ##heaven##: (Psalm 2:4-9 & Rev. 12:1-6)

A collision of ##kings##: (Psalm 2:10-12 & Rev. 12:7-17)


##Crown## Jesus as ##your## ##King##

Small Group Questions

Use this outline for personal reflection, as a couples or family devotion, or with a small group.  


“It is the men and women who find it the hardest to get away who need redemptive solitude the most.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? How would you define “redemptive solitude”? Read Chapter 10 of An Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling to dive deeper into this subject.


Read Mark 6:31

  • Does this directive still apply to Jesus’ followers today? Why or why not?
  • How much time do you spend alone with Jesus in any given week? How do you spend that time?
  • What are some best practices for applying this verse?

Read Matthew 6:6-8

  • What do these verses teach us about the need for solitude and about prayer?
  • How much time do you spend listening when you pray? Do you find this easy or difficult?
  • Share some best practices for prayer and meditation.

Resources for Spiritual Growth in 2024

  • Sacred Rhythms: A workbook to help you develop a sacred rhythm.
  • 85 Hours in the Word (December 31- January 3): Read, listen, and meditate on Scripture as we read the Bible in 85 hours.
  • 85 Days of Prayer (January 7 – March 31): Daily prayer prompts, weekly Call to Prayer, Good Friday Prayer Vigil, resources for fasting, and prayer walks.  
  • Discuss how you, as individuals and as a small group, will apply Jesus’ words in Mark 6:31.


Share your current “sacred rhythm” and any plans you have to refine your plan in 2024. Talk about it, invite accountability, and take time to pray together.

Daily Reading

This week’s reading plan focuses on Jesus and the kingdoms of this world. As you reflect on each chapter, invite the Holy Spirit to align your heart with Jesus and His Kingdom.

  • Day 1: Psalm 2
  • Day 2: Revelation 12
  • Day 3: Matthew 2
  • Day 4: John 18
  • Day 5: John 19
  • Day 6: Revelation 19
  • Day 7: Revelation 20

Think Deeper

  1. What conflicts do you see between the kingdoms of this world and the Kingdom of Christ?
  2. What makes the birth of Jesus the perfect counterinsurgency to the world’s rebellion?
  3. What does it mean to live in submission to King Jesus?

Suggested Reading

The Music of Christmas, by Gary & Sheri Webber

God Is in the Manger, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer  

An Unhurried Life, Alan Fadling

Check out these and other books from our suggested reading list at https://bit.ly/AspireSMB.