DO NOT BE AFRAID – Week 3
Sermon Based Life Group Questions:
- Last week, what did you take off your schedule like Pastor Luke encouraged us to do?
- As you make decisions in your life, how often do you consider what others will think about those decisions?
- As you have followed God and what He asks you to do, have you disappointed others?
- What did you learn from Joseph’s perspective on the birth of Jesus Christ?
- Joseph thought more highly of obeying God than what others thought of him. Share a time from your life where this has been true for you.
- What small act is God asking you to be obedient to you this week?
- What are some ways you can be more intentional about living for God and not others?
- How can our group pray for you this week?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:18-23
TWO WAYS TO LIVE FOR GOD INSTEAD OF PEOPLE:
- OBEDIENCE TO GOD CAN LEAD TO OPPOSITION FROM PEOPLE.
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. Matthew 1:24
- SMALL ACTS OF OBEDIENCE CAN LEAD TO BIG ACTS FROM GOD.
25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. Matthew 1:25