• Growing up, when did your family put up the Christmas tree?
    • Who decorated it?
  • What Christmas traditions do you still keep?
  • What do you remember about the manger scene and shepherds?

Going deeper

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

Read Luke 2: 6-20

  • Who is visited by an angel?
    • Under what circumstances?
    • How specific is the message?
    • How dies the shepherds’ experience compare to that of Zechariah (1:8) and Mary (1:26)?
  • Why were the shepherds terrified?
  • Why did the angel say, “do not be afraid?”
  • What does all this angelic fanfare say about the importance of Jesus’ birth?
  • Consequently, what do the shepherds do?
    • After their discovery?
    • After their return?
  • How does Mary respond to all of this?
  • Of all the people the angels could have visited, why do you think God sent them to the shepherds?


  • What fears have you had to face and overcome?
    • How did you handle it?
    • What was the outcome?
  • Is there anything about approaching God that scares you? If so, what is it?
  • God appeared to Zechariah, to Mary, and now to the shepherds when they were just doing their jobs, being themselves.
    • How has God spoken to you recently in the ordinary flow of life?


  • How are you experiencing joy this week?
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