Scripture: Matthew 1:18–23
His Name Shall Be Called: Immanuel
Immanuel: Matthew 1:18-23
He is God.
He is God with us.
He is God for us.
Take Home Idea: This child is a “big deal” because this child is God, the promised one who is with us and for us!
"Immanuel" Small Group Questions
What was one of the Christmas traditions you grew up with in your family?
Review Pastor Joel's sermon and Take Home Idea. What struck you about the sermon?
What do you have questions about?
Why do you think Matthew in his Gospel, tells Joseph’s story not Mary’s?
How would you feel in Joseph’s place in vs. 19? In vs. 20-21? What would you say to family and friends?
Why do you think Matthew quotes Isaiah’s words (Isaiah 7:14)? What did Isaiah promise 700 years earlier? What was the point of the prophecy?
Pastor Joel talked about three meanings that come from the name “Immanuel” (this child is God, He is “God with us”, and He is “God for us”) Why are each of them significant?
Which of those three meanings of the name “Immanuel” is most meaningful for you right now?
Where have you experienced Jesus as “Immanuel” in your life lately?
Close this time sharing and praying together as a group.