"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man
of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
-- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Big Idea: The truth of Christmas is better than the image.
A. Christmas brings hope into focus. Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 2:1
B. Christmas causes us to consider God’s timing. Luke 2:2; Romans 8:28; Hebrews 2:10
A. Sometimes we wonder why we must do certain things. Luke 2:3
B. Sometimes we wonder why we’re in certain places. Micah 5:2; Luke 2:4
IV. A Child
A. Christmas can cause us to consider what matters most. Luke 2:5
B. In Christmas God gave us what we need most. Luke 2:6; Revelation 5:9; 13:8
A. We can receive God’s gift to us. Luke 2:7a
B. We can make ourselves available for God’s purposes. Luke 2:7b
The Next Step Life Group Follow-Up
Big Idea: Discover peace in God’s forgiveness.
A. The shepherds were unprepared to meet God. Luke 2:8
B. God’s glory broke into our world. Luke 2:9; Hebrews 1:14
III. Fear Not
A. The angel displaced the shepherd’s fear. Luke 2:10a
B. The gospel is not exclusive. Luke 2:10b; 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
IV. A Sign
A. Jesus came to save us. Luke 2:11
B. It was uncommon to see a baby in a feeding trough. Luke 2:12 1
A. We’re created to be at peace. Luke 2:13
B. God’s grace causes worship. Isaiah 53:1; Luke 2:14
Things to Consider
Big Idea: Seeking Jesus leads to joy.
II. Let’s Go
A. Seeking Jesus requires drastic measures. Luke 2:15a
B. Consider the source. Luke 2:15b
A. Seeking Jesus is costly. Luke 2:16; 2 Corinthians 6:2
B. Faith risks. Luke 2:17
A. It’s possible to be amazed and not have faith. Luke 2:18
B. Faith treasures Christ. Luke 2:19; 1 Peter 1:17-21
A. Seeking Jesus transforms the ordinary. Luke 2:20a; 2 Corinthians 3:18
B. Seeking Jesus turns us right side up. Matthew 7:7; Luke 2:20b
The Next Step
Big Idea: God offers the burden of His love.
A. God broke into His broken creation.
B. God trusted our salvation to a teenage girl.
A. God’s grace arrives in unexpected ways.
B. God takes the initiative in revealing His love.
A. We need a perfect, infinite Savior.
B. Jesus’ conception is unprecedented.
A. Recognize you need a Savior.
B. Respond to God’s work on your behalf.
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