Join us as we dive deeper into the scripture passage from this past Sunday morning. Whether you’re in a group or just wanting to talk around the dinner table, you can use this discussion guide as we allow God’s word to shape us together in community!
What’s the biggest (good) surprise you’ve ever had? How did you react?
8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
15 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.”
16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
Luke 2:8-20 (NLT)
What would the equivalent of a shepherd be in our society today? (outcast, mistrusted, etc.) Why do you think the angels gave them the “good news for all people”?
Why do you think the angels gave them the “good news for all people”? How would you have reacted if you got this kind of news in the middle of the night?
If you had been Mary and Joseph, what would you thought of Shepherds showing up to see the new baby?
a. umm, please don’t touch him.
b. wait, you saw angels too?
c. God, these are the people you sent to celebrate your son?
d. wow, these guys are excited, something must really be going on.
e. other ________________
Pastor Tim talked about the light of Jesus being brightest in the darkest night. What’s one way you’ve experienced that to be true in your life?
What ways might God lead us to be light in our world this week?