Pastor Steve Williams : The Joy-full News

Joyous · 30:27 · Recorded December 23, 2018

The Joy-full News

This week’s key passage: Luke 2:1-20 (p.909)

Luke 2:10-11 (CSB) The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”

The meaning in the message

1. Everybody matters to God!

2. God has come down.

Philippians 2:6-7 (NCV) Christ himself was like God in everything. But he did not think that being equal with God was something to be used for his own benefit. But he gave up his place with God and made himself nothing. He was born to be a man and became like a servant.

3. God gave us what’s needed.

John 3:16 (NIV) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

To feel loved & significant

To get things put right

Romans 5:1 (NIV) We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

To have security for the future

To be competent

Ephesians 3:17 (NLT) Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.

2 Corinthians 9:15 (CSB) Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

4. God’s gift can be received by all.

John 1:10-12 (NRSV) He was in the world, and the world came into being through him, yet the world did not know him…But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.

  • How would things be different for you if there’d never been an angelic proclamation of a Savior born for us, and no Christmas story in history?

  • Read Luke 2:1-20. What do you find most amazing and “wonder-full” about the narrative Luke gives about the first Christmas?

  • If you were so inclined, what details about the Christmas story in the New Testament would you want to re-direct or re-write? What difference might that make?

  • When you think about the message of “Good news of great joy for all the people”, which of the points Pastor Steve gave do you wish everyone in the world could believe?

  • Read 2 Corinthians 9:15. Do your best to describe what God’s gift of Christ means to you personally. Take time to sing to the Lord the first verses of “Joy to the World” and “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful.”

  • Elementary Parents, today we learned that we can have joy because Jesus came for everyone. Ask kids who delivered the news of the birth of the baby Jesus? (angels) Who did they tell? (shepherds) Shepherds were the lowly among the low. The fact that the best news the world had heard until that day was delivered to outcasts revealed that not only had the baby Jesus arrived, but he came for everyone!

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