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Introduction.

Advent is about waiting and expectant preparation. As God’s people awaited the first Advent, the incarnation of Jesus, so now we await the second Advent, the return of Jesus. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we will study some significant truths about preparing the way for the coming of the Lord.  

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SERIES TITLE: Prepare the Way

SESSION Four: Joy

TEXT: Luke 2:8-11


INTRODUCTION.

Advent is about waiting and expectant preparation. As God’s people awaited the first Advent, the incarnation of Jesus, so now we await the second Advent, the return of Jesus. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we will study some significant truths about preparing the way for the coming of the Lord. 

DISCUSSION.

 How did you express delight the last time you experienced a joyful life event?

EXAMINATION.

  • Vv.8-9 Why do you think the first reaction of the shepherds was terror?
  • V.10 How does the angel calm their fears?
  • The shepherds probably would have understood the phrase “…for all the people” to be all Jewish people. Why would that still be good news for them? How do passages like Ephesians 3:6 and 1 John 4:14 make that even better news?
  • V.11 Why would the shepherds have needed a Savior?
  • What is significant about the titles “Christ” and “Lord”?
  • How does the naming of Jesus (Matthew 1:21) help identify his purpose as Savior? 

APPLICATION.   

  • How important is it that all people can be included in the good news and why?
  • Why is it so crucial to accept Jesus as Savior more than as teacher, example, and friend?
  • If the arrival of Jesus is good news of great (mega) joy, what gets in the way of that joy in your life?
  • What needs to happen to raise the level of joy in spite of difficult life circumstances? In other words, how can you live out 1 Peter 1:8?
  • Reflect on this quote from Jonathan Edwards and how it relates to our need to find our joy in Christ the Lord:

“The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied…. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.”

  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

 

 

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