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Celebrating Jesus' Birth, Lesson #3

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Luke 2:1-20 (1)

OPEN

  • Let's each introduce ourselves, sharing our name and what you are doing for Christmas.

DIG

  1. As we read this passage, look one thing you have forgotten or never noticed about this familiar story.
  2. Locate Nazareth, Galilee, Judea and Bethlehem on a map.
  3. What is the relationship of Mary and Joseph at this point?
  4. Why is Bethlehem called the town of David?
  5. What is a synonym for "manger"?
  6. How was they way God spoke to these shepherds different from how he spoke to the wise men?
  7. How did the shepherds feel?
  8. Verse 10 says this is a story of great joy. Does your relationship with Christ make you consistently happy?
  9. The angel told them they would see a sign. What was the sign?
  10. How did the shepherds react to this news? What did they do?
  11. Why do you think God choose common shepherds to get this news? What do we learn about God from this?
  12. How did the shepherds' friends react to the story?
  13. What does it mean that Mary "treasured" these things?
  14. What memories do you treasure of your kids' childhood?
  15. It says she pondered these things. What questions do you think she pondered?
  16. How do you celebrate this event?
  17. How do you keep this event a distinctly Christian event?
  18. How do you keep Christmas from becoming totally secular?
  19. What are the benefits of keeping the true meaning of Christmas in Christmas?
  20. Let's pray. As we do, let's worship God for sending the Christ child.


  21. 1. In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. [2] (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) [3] And everyone went to his own town to register.

    [4] So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. [5] He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. [6] While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, [7] and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

    [8] And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. [9] An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. [10] But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. [11] Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. [12] This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

    [13] Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

    [14] "Glory to God in the highest,

    and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

    [15] When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

    [16] So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. [17] When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, [18] and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. [19] But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. [20] The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:1-20 [NIV]


 

1. In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. [2] (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) [3] And everyone went to his own town to register.

[4] So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. [5] He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. [6] While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, [7] and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

[8] And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. [9] An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. [10] But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. [11] Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. [12] This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

[13] Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

[14] "Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

[15] When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

[16] So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. [17] When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, [18] and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. [19] But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. [20] The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:1-20 [NIV]

 
 

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