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#707. IN DULCI JUBILO (8/12/22)

Leading up to Christmas Day, I thought it would be good to look at 15 of the most popular carols (chosen by Classic FM listeners) and consider the content and what we can learn from them.

A reflection based on IN DULCI JUBILO, number 12 in our chart of most popular carols.


LYRICS

Good Christian men, rejoice,

With heart and soul, and voice;

Give ye heed to what we say:

Jesus Christ is born to-day;

Ox and ass before him bow,

And he is in the manger now.

Christ is born to-day!

Christ is born to-day!


Good Christian men, rejoice,

With heart and soul, and voice;

Now ye hear of endless bliss:

Jesus Christ was born for this!

He hath oped the heavenly door,

And man is blessed evermore.

Christ was born for this!

Christ was born for this!


Good Christian men, rejoice,

With heart and soul, and voice;

Now ye need not fear the grave:

Jesus Christ was born to save!

Come at His most gracious call

To find salvation one and all!

Christ was born to save!

Christ was born to save!


Originally written in German and Latin in around 1328. These lyrics are from the popular, later and loose translation of the original. Originally, the carol is based upon the experience of Heinrich Seuse. According to folklore, he heard angels sing this song and joined them in dancing! However it actually came to be written, the words of this version are very truthful and encouraging.


REJOICE

We are encouraged (Men and women included):

‘Good Christian men, rejoice, With heart and soul, and voice…’

Christmas is a time to remember the great truths of God’s love and to rejoice in them. Too often I fail to rejoice. I can allow my mood to be dictated by my mood, the weather, circumstances, bills… These words remind me of Paul’s injunction:

‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.’ (Philippians 2:4-5)

We are exhorted to rejoice because of what Jesus has given to us:

‘Now ye hear of endless bliss: Jesus Christ was born for this! He hath oped the heavenly door, And man is blessed evermore. Christ was born for this!…’

Jesus’ death has opened the door to eternal life and eternal blessings. His birth for was for this! He was born as man so He could die for mankind.


Let's rejoice in Christ. Let’s not make our worship and praise dependent upon anything except the reality of God’ grace and mercy. It's ‘good’ for Christian men and women, to rejoice! When was the last time you worshipped Jesus in 'heart and soul and voice'? It will do you good and it is good!


TAKE A MOMENT TO LISTEN TO THIS CAROL:


 

COMMUNITY GROUP NOTES AND STUDY

1. Notices

It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News.

 

2. Icebreaker

What do you most enjoy about Christmas and why? What do you most dislike about Christmas and why?

 

3. Recap of Sunday's message - please share in your group


On Sunday, Nev Floyd finished our series in 1 Corinthians. The title of his message was:


DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE

'Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.14 Do everything in love.' (1 Corinthians 16:13)

The book of Corinthians encourages us to be loving, particularly within the church community. Despite being very 'spiritual', the Corinthians were failing to love each other in many ways. Many people who are devoted to Jesus, can fail to be devoted, kind, forgiving, serving, generous... to their local church. Here are a few ways that we can 'do everything in love' from 1 Corinthians 16:


1. (16:1-4) TO LOVE IS TO BE GENEROUS (FINANCIALLY)

Paul opens this section with directions on how to give in order to support his ministry.

The church family at CCP is very generous. It's inspiring to see how this church community gives financially. Let's continue to be thankful and open to the Spirit's leading in our giving.


2. (16:5-9) TO LOVE IS TO WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH GOD'S PEOPLE

These verses reveal Paul's desire to visit the churches he's in relationship with. He writes: 'I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you...'

Do we want to spend time with our church family? How can we give quality time to our community? During this Christmas season, who can we include in our lives?


3. (16:10-12) TO LOVE IS TO HONOUR WITH OUR WORDS

Nev encouraged us to speak of others when they are absent as if they were present.


4. (16:15-18) TO LOVE IS TO REFRESH OTHERS

When we meet others, do we seek to love and refresh others or are we only seeking our benefit?


5. (16:19-24) TO LOVE IS TO SHOW LOVING AFFECTION

Paul speaks of his love for a number of people and encourages them to 'Greet one another with a holy kiss.' He ends with 'The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.'

Do express our love for people? How can we seek to do this?


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

i. Did you feel that God spoke to you from any particular aspect of Sunday's message?

ii. What of the above 5 ways to love from this chapter do you find most difficult and why?


PRAYER AND SIV

SIV - Let's give time to sharing and praying for the carol service, this coming Sunday.

SIC - Could you copy the image below and share it with someone?





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