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Luke 2:8-18 ESV

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.

Message Notes

#1. When God came to earth, he brought his own glory with him.

John 5:41, Galatians 1:10

God didn’t need the trappings of humankind to affirm he was the king of kings.

We don’t need the trappings of humankind to affirm we are children of the king and joint heir to the throne. The most free we will ever be is when our worth comes from the one who created us.

Jesus coming to earth wasn’t dependent on anyone else.

#2. Common people got the front row.

Luke 18:35-39, Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 12:37(KJV)

The larger the crowd, the more temptation for the disciples to become exclusive.

Jesus was not willing to be separated from the people he came for.

Be Careful! We need to be able to relate to people from all walks of life!

#3. The more common, the fewer the questions.

Luke 2:16-18

The shepherds didn’t need an explanation for the miraculous; the miraculous was enough on its own. They told what they had seen, and people were amazed. We are overcomers by the word of our testimony. Rev. 12:11

Faith is not getting all our questions answered. Faith is operating on what we have seen and heard without getting any questions answered.

Connect Group Discussion Questions

How does the approval of others hinder the way we follow God’s plan? How can we make God’s approval our goal?

How can we guard against the temptation to become exclusive? How can we make sure we welcome ALL people Jesus came for?

DO you accept things with wonder or ask too many questions? Why do we think we need answers before we can trust God? How can we get to the place where we trust him even if he never gives us any answers?

What stood out to you most in this week’s message? How will/have you applied the principles from this week’s message?