Sunday, December 03, 2017
Every one of us has a birthday that celebrates the day we were born. Parents tell stories around the brith of their children. Children are reminded of the joyful day mom and dad got to bring them home for the very first time.
Yet, there is one birth in the history of mankind that is unlike any other. The birth of Jesus Christ was unlike any birth that has or will take place. Of all the births we can talk about, Jesus’ is unlike any other.
As we enter the Christmas season, this three-part series will focus us on Jesus’ birth, life and death that make Him unlike anyone that’s ever lived.
Matthew 1:18–2:12, Luke 2:1–40
Take Away / Application
The virgin birth is essential the Gospel. With it, the Gospel stands or falls.
Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have students figure things out together.
- Read Matthew 1:18–24. What did Joseph’s immediate obedience to the angel’s message in his dream indicate about his beliefs and his relationship with God?
- What can we do in our relationship with God that would help us grow in Him to the point of immediate obedience too?
- Although physically birthed by Mary and raised by Joseph, Jesus was ultimately God’s Son, sent to redeem His people. Why was it important that Jesus’ father not be human?
- Why must Jesus have been both fully man and fully God? Jesus’ existence as fully God and fully man is difficult to conceptualize. Does its difficulty bother you? Why or why not?
- How does Jesus’ birth signify a new beginning for humankind?
- Read Luke 2:1–7. Do you think someone might have made room if they had known more about the child Mary was carrying? In what ways do we make room for Jesus? Have there been times in your own life when you failed to make room for him?
- Joseph and Mary obeyed God and faithfully walked through the events leading up to and through their marriage and birth of Jesus without knowing all the details, the outcome or having complete understanding of what was going on. Yet God was in complete control. Has anything ever happened to you that you later understood to be in God’s plan?
- How should the mystery and miracle of Jesus’ birth drive us to worship God?
- How can we focus more on the amazing mystery of the incarnation with our friends and family during this Christmas season?