• What are some of the most joyous memories you have of Christmas?
  • What is the most unusual birth announcement you have ever received?


Going deeper

  • In light of this week’s sermon, what was new information, challenged, or stood out to you?

Read Luke 1: 26-38; 2:10; and Matthew 1:18-25

  • What does Gabriel say to Mary?
  • How does it compare with what he said to Zechariah (1:13-17)
  • How does Mary respond differently than Zechariah?
  • How did Mary express her faith?
  • What two names did God give to Mary’s Son?
    • What does each name mean?
    • What do both of these aspects of Jesus’ character mean to you?
  • How does Joseph respond to Mary’s pregnancy?
  • What comfort and instructions did God give to Joseph?
  • How did Joseph demonstrate his faith?
  • How is this miracle to take place?
    • Why do you think God chose a “virgin birth” to fulfill his plan?
  • In what ways would Joseph and Mary’s steps of faith and obedience have been costly?
  • How does Elizabeth’s pregnancy encourage Mary?
  • Comparing Luke’s account to Matthews, what else do you learn about Jesus?
    • About Joseph?


  • How has God worked in your life to build your faith and lead you to surrender to His plan?
  • When has obeying God been costly for you?
  • How has God met your needs and demonstrated His faithfulness?


  • What did Jesus do to create joy?
  • Why do you think the secularization of Christmas takes away the joy?
  • Where do you need to pursue joy in your life?
  • What will you do to pursue joy this Christmas season?
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