Lessons From The Shepherds
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Jesus is the answer to your fears and frustrations!
“When you worship you become a warship.” -Pastor Bil Cornelius
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
- What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
- Have you ever experienced a white Christmas?
- What is your favorite gift you have ever been given?
- What is your favorite Christmas dessert?
Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
- What does it look like for someone to choose faith over fear?
- How does someone access God’s peace?
- Can you be religious and still miss Jesus? How so?
- How is Jesus the answer to our fears and frustrations?
Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
- What are things you have run to in the past when you should have run after Jesus?
- What is your biggest frustration where you need Jesus’s peace the most?
- Has God ever answered your prayers through a person?
- How are you going to become a warship through your worship?
Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.
Dear Jesus, thank you for humbly coming to Earth and ultimately sacrificing yourself for our sins. We want to live a life that brings glory to you. In your name we pray, Amen.
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
- When you begin to stress or feel frustrated stop and pray, open your Bible, or call a friend who can speak God’s truth over you.
- Spend some time in prayer, list out your worries, and commit daily to pray over them.
- Create a habit of worship by starting your day listening to your favorite worship songs!
- Hangout and do an activity together as a group this week!
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! Luke 2:8-11 NLT
And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 NLT
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14 NLT
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to heir flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them. Luke 2:15-20 NLT
King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: 6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’ ” Matthew 2:3-6 NLT