On Sunday, December 6, 2020 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Luke 1:26-38 and Matthew 1:18-25. This message was part 2 of “The Gift” sermon series. Below you will find questions related to the message for personal reflection or group discussion. You will also find the sermon audio and video to listen to/watch, download, or share.
- Read Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38
- Do you think of the Christian life as merely a “natural” religion or as a “supernatural” transformation?
- Joseph and Mary both initially resisted God’s plan. When was the last time you were tempted to not take the Bible seriously because it just did not seem reasonable to you to take it at face value?
- Our forgiveness and growth in our Christian life both require the supernatural intervention of God. Thankfully God has provided both through Jesus (God in a body who came to dwell among us and to offer His life as a sacrifice on the cross) and the Holy Spirit (who dwells inside all who trust in Christ for the forgiveness of sins.) What would it look like for you to believe and remember that God can do the otherwise impossible in our lives?
- God chose to work with Mary and Joseph NOT because they earned it, but because He graciously chose them. God has graciously chosen to work with you and I as well! But the grace of God often is delivered amidst a life that has hard things and amazing things … what are some things you have experienced that would be evidence of God’s grace (some hard things and some amazingly exciting things)?
- What stands out to you most from this passage? Any particular takeaway?
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This sermon is part of the 2020 Christmas series at Wildwood. We have also prepared a Devotional Book, “The Gift.” Access the entire devotional and download your free copy by clicking here.
Wildwood has put together a list of Christmas songs in a playlist found on Apple Music and Spotify at the following links:
- Apple Music Playlist: Wildwood Community Church Christmas 2020
- Spotify Playlist: Wildwood Community Church Christmas 2020