Luke 2:1-20 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
1. Study through Luke 2:1-20 together. What stands out to you and why?
2. Who are the modern day equivalents to Caesar Augustus and Quirinius for you? What does that tell us about what Luke is wanting us to understand?
3. How were shepherds viewed in the first century? What would God send His army of angels to announce the birth of Jesus to these types?
4. What specific things does the angel announce to these shepherds and what can we learn from each of them?
5. In the sermon, pastor Brett outlined three ways the gospel of Jesus promises peace. What were they?
6. Which do you feel you most need right now: peace with God, others, or yourself?
If we really want to experience the peace of Jesus, we need to take our cue from the Shepherds and Mary. We need to trust the good news (vv. 15-16), treasure the good news (v. 19), praise God for the good news (v. 20), and tell others the good news (vv. 17-18).
7. Are you trusting the good news (vv. 15-16)? Are you treasuring the good news (v. 19)? Are you praising God for the good news (vv. 20)? Are you telling others the good news (vv. 17-18)?
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