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December 1, 2019

Celebrate Christmas

The Life of Mary & Joseph

Gabriel Visits Mary

Luke 1:26-38 (ESV)

26  In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

27  to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.

28  And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!

29  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

30  And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

31  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

32  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,

33  and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34  And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?

35  And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.

36  And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.

37  For nothing will be impossible with God.

38  And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

No Room in the Inn

Luke 2:1-7 (ESV)

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.

Jesus' Birth

1.  Jesus was born in a smelly stable.

2.  Jesus was born in poverty.

3.  Jesus was born in obscurity and loneliness.

4.  Jesus was born in humiliation.

5.  Jesus was born into a corruptible world full of sin, selfishness, greed and unkindness.

Conclusion

Mary’s Assignment Definitely Had Hardships


  • Joseph contemplated divorcing her
  • She made the trip with him
  • Judgment from others
  • No room in the inn
  • The humble beginnings of Jesus



When We Face Hardship


  • Faith - that overcomes fear
  • Trust - in the promises of God
  • Sacrifice - living for more than yourself
  • Honor - the life that honors God
  • Joy - have joy in the journey


You Shall Call His Name Jesus!

Next Steps:

  1. I will have faith that overcomes fear.
  2. I will trust in God’s promises.
  3. I will live for God and others.
  4. I will live a life that honors God.
  5. I will have joy in the journey.

Next Week

Celebrate Christmas


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LifeGroup

  1. Is there an area of your life we can pray with you about this week?
  2. What was your favorite part of the worship service this weekend?
  3. What have you learned about Mary’s assignment this week?
  4. What assignment has God given you that you need His help with?
  5. How will you live in joy this week even in hardship?


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