DO NOT BE AFRAID – Week 4
Luke 2:8-11; Romans 3:20-24
Life group questions:
- What are your favorite Christmas traditions?
- Have you ever asked some difficult questions of God? What were they?
- What did you learn about the shepherds? The angel revealed Jesus’ birth to them first. How does that change your perception of how God works?
- Read Romans 3:20-24 together as a group. How does that verse tie into the shepherd’s story? What about your own testimony?
- How have you been changed by the good news of Jesus Christ?
- What are some ways that you are reminded of God’s grace?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
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 that will cause great joy for all the people.11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. – Luke 2:8-11
- THEY FELT SHAMEFUL.
- THEY FELT INADEQUATE.
- THEY FELT REJECTED.
JESUS PAID THE PRICE THE LAW DEMANDED.
20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. 21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:20-24
Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ. – Romans 3:24 (MSG)
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly hosts appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those 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.” – Luke 2:13-15