Scripture: Luke 1:26–2:12
His Name Shall Be Called: Lord
Luke 1:26-33, 2:8-12
Birth Announcement to Mary: Luke 1:26-33
...the Son of the Most High.
... the throne of his father David.
...of his kingdom there will be no end.
Birth Announcement to the Shepherds: Luke 2:8-12
...a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
...I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
What makes His Lordship good news?
Because He is Lord, he can deliver us from our enemies.
Because as Lord, He can work for your highest good.
Take Home Idea: We must come to grips with the authority of Jesus, this baby who was born on Christmas, because He is Lord.
"Lord" Small Group Questions
Give a brief account of your birth. Include details such as: who your parents were, where they lived, who was President at the time, where you were born and how was your arrival announced to the world.
Review Pastor Joel's sermon and Take Home Idea. What struck you about the sermon?
What do you have questions about?
Read the birth announcement to Mary (Luke 1:26-33).
What is Mary’s initial response to the angel’s appearance? Fear? Confusion? Doubt? Faith? Curiosity? Other?
What truths about Jesus are emphasized in this announcement? What expectations must have been raised in Mary when she heard these words?
How is Jesus’ lordship and authority seen in this announcement?
Read the birth announcement to the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-12).
How does the angel’s announcement to the Shepherds compare to the one given to Mary?
Of all the people the angels could have announced Jesus’ birth to, why did God send them to the shepherds?
When the shepherds heard this announcement that a “Savior, Christ the Lord” was born, how do you think they reacted? Did they separate the title “Savior” from the title “Lord”?
How in your life have you typically responded to authority?
When Jesus is called “Lord”, what does that mean to you? When in your life is it easier to give Him authority? When is it most difficult?
Close this time sharing and praying together as a group.