LIFE Group lesson
Life Group Questions
The Road to Bethlehem – 12/16/18
- Share the fondest memory you have of Christmas as a child and the fondest memory you have of Christmas as an adult.
- What were the Christmas traditions you had growing up and have you continued them now? Why or why not?
- Read Luke 2:1-21 and pay attention to anything that may be new to you and pay attention to what is missing from the story. Discuss what is new to anyone and what is missing from the story
- Read Matthew 1:18 – 2:23 and pay attention to anything that may be new to you and pay attention to what is missing from the story. Discuss what is new to anyone and what is missing from the story
- Some of the people in this story should surprise us.
- The Shepherds
- The shepherds are out in a field, usually disconnected from society. They lived outside with their flock and didn’t have the best hygiene. They smelled bad and even came into contact with blood often which made them unclean to the Jews. They were viewed as lower class people, rough, uncultured and are an interesting choice from God to proclaim the good news about the birth of His Son.
Ii. Can you think of a group of people in today’s society that somewhat fit this description? How would you react to someone like this telling you about something that would change your entire belief system?
- Mary was 12-14 years old. She certainly was not a leader among the women in her community. There were many other women of greater stature that God could have chosen. (Sarah, Esther, Naomi, Ruth or Hannah to name a few) She was likely a girl in the shadows, one that didn’t bring attention to herself and few people noticed.
Ii. Think back to when you were 12,13 or 14. Do you think you would have been ready to face being put to death for a crime you didn’t commit? Joseph knew he had not been with Mary in the marriage bed.
- Joseph was a young carpenter, a blue-collar kind of guy barely making a living. Joseph was faced with a wife who was pregnant, and he knew the baby wasn’t his. He was willing to divorce her quietly and allow her to live, (he knew if he told anyone about this, she would be stoned to death for adultery).
Ii. There were many religious leaders and prominent men but God chose Joseph to be Jesus’ stepdad. Why do you think God chose Joseph, Mary and the shepherds?
- A common theme with these unlikely people in this story and all throughout the Bible is that God chooses some unlikely people to do some amazing things. Take a moment in silence now, close your eyes and give God permission to use you to do some amazing things. Ask God to put on your heart something amazing He would like to do through your life.
- Share what risky, scary, amazing, unbelievable, unlikely thing God has put on your heart. Add these things to your prayer requests and watch God’s mighty power work in this group!