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Key Thought:

Sometimes we must be silent in order to hear God

Key Quote

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

· What’s the longest you’ve ever been silent?

· If you were ever visited by an angel, how do you think you’d react?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.

· What would you have done if you were in Joseph’s place when he found out Mary was pregnant?

· Why do some find it easier to depend on people rather than depending on God?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.

· Describe a time when life didn’t go as planned.

· Can you share a story of a time when God didn’t waste your pain?

· How can you obey God right now?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us so much that you would give us the free gift of eternal life through your son, Jesus. Help us to learn how to be silent so we can hear and recognize Your voice. Help us to obey You and be willing to be repositioned by You to do Your work. We ask all this in your Son’s precious and holy name. Amen!

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

· Describe what giving yourself to God - really, wholeheartedly giving yourself to God – would look like and commit to doing so.

· Go around the room and share what you believe God wants from you right now.


Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,“the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:26b-28 NLT

“What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For theword of God will never fail.” Luke 1:36-37 NLT

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. Luke 1:38 NLT

Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. Matthew 1:18-19 NLT

As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21 NLT

When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus. Matthew 1:24-25 NLT

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23 NLT

Immanuel means “God is with you.”

Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire…All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. Luke 2:1-7 NLT

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel whose origins are in the distant past, will come from you on my behalf. Micah 5:2 NLT

Do not despise this small beginning, for the eyes of the Lord rejoice to see the work begin… Zechariah 4:10 TLB

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