What about Baby Jesus, Dec. 22-28

 

Message Outline

What about Baby Jesus?

 

Jesus’ virgin birth is true

Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1; Luke 1

Jesus’ virgin birth matters

Ensures the deity of Christ

John 1

Ensures the sinless humanity of Christ

Hebrews 2:17-18

So believe in Jesus and worship him as your Savior

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12–13

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 3:16

 

The Apostle’s Creed: “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.”

 

Chalcedonian Creed 451AD

“Therefore, following the holy fathers, we all with one accord teach people to acknowledge one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body; of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood; like us in all respects, apart from sin; as regards his Godhead, begotten of the Father before the ages, but yet as regards his manhood begotten, for us humans and for our salvation, of Mary the Virgin, the God-bearer; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, recognized in two natures, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation; the distinction of natures being in no way annulled by the union, but rather the characteristics of each nature being preserved and coming together to form one person and subsistence, not as parted or separated into two persons, but one and the same Son and Only-begotten God the Word, Lord Jesus Christ; even as the prophets from earliest times spoke of him, and our Lord Jesus Christ himself taught us, and the creed of the fathers has handed down to us.”

 

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. Almost everyone loves babies. What’s one of your favorite or funniest baby stories?
  2. What questions do you have about the virgin birth of Jesus?
  3. How do you answer objections to the virgin birth (such as: it violates the laws of biology so it is not rational, or that it is just a myth similar to many others in the ancient world)?
  4. Some have said that the virgin birth is not taught in the Bible. How could we defend the virgin birth using the Bible? Where is it taught in the Bible?
  5. How does the virgin birth matter to Christianity? What are implications of Jesus’ virgin birth to his identity?
  6. Based on the connections to Jesus’ identity, how does the virgin birth connect to the Gospel? Do you believe that Jesus was born of a virgin? Why or why not?
  7. How does the truth of Jesus’ virgin birth enhance your worship of Jesus at Christmas? What will you do to celebrate Jesus this Christmas?

 

Family Discussion Questions

  1. How much of the Christmas story can you recite from memory (Luke 1, Matthew 1-2)? What is your favorite part of the story? Are there parts that seem too amazing to you to be true?
  2. Long before Jesus was born, how did the prophet Isaiah describe how the Savior (Messiah) would come into this world (Isaiah 7:14)? How is this similar to the actual events described in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew?
  3. How would you describe Jesus? How does John 1:1-5 and verse 14 describe him?
  4. Why is it important that Jesus was both fully God and fully human (Hebrews 2:17-18; 4:15-16)?
  5. How do you imagine heaven? How is it different from earth (Revelation 2122:6)? Why would Jesus leave the perfectness of heaven and come to earth?
  6. Gospel Alert: Read John 3:16. What was God’s purpose in sending us the gift of Jesus? What choice is he offering us? What must you do to accept the promise of eternal life?
  7. Are there others that need to hear the real reason for worshipping Jesus this Christmas? How will you help them come to find who Jesus is and follow in His footsteps?

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