Matthew 1:18-25 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Matthew 1:18-25 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?
So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:57-58)
2. Can you picture what it would have been like if you had been present when Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am”? What would you have felt? Honestly, what would your response have been?
3. Why is it important to understand that Jesus was more than a mere human, but actually God? What is lost if Jesus wasn’t truly God, but simply a human-being?
4. What does God coming to us in Jesus tell us about God’s extravagant grace and pursuit of sinners? How does Jesus’ coming help assure you out of your doubts or fears?
5. How does Jesus’ coming reveal that he is not indifferent to our suffering and struggles in life?
- This Sunday (December 28th), we will be having a Baptism Celebration as we gather for worship. Please contact Brett if you are interested in being baptized! (firstname.lastname@example.org or via his cell phone)
- Friday, January 9th we will be having a Worship Night hosted by Ekklesia Checotah. 7pm. 214 W. Gentry Ave. Checotah, OK 74426 (The Gentry Theater). Childcare will be provided.
- Sunday, January 4th we will be starting a new sermon series through the gospel account of Mark.