Good News For The Lowly
Passage: Luke 2:8-20
Memory Verse for the Week: Luke 2:12-14
"'12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.' 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!'"
Intro: Of all people, the LORD sent His announcement to shepherds…
I. THE HUMBLE ARE TOLD GOOD NEWS
Why is it significant that shepherds were told good news?
II. THEY ACT ON WHAT THEY’RE TOLD
The shepherds went to see what God had promised…
III. THEY ACT ON WHAT THEY SAW
Instead of only being told that something’s good, what changes when you experience it yourself?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US…
1. Worship the LORD for His graciousness to the humble. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for being true to His Word: “Thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isaiah 57:15)
2. How have you lived resisting (and resenting) ever being in need? Confess your pride to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you for denying reality and to help you humbly trust Him to be what He says He is – Savior, Christ, the LORD.
3. Give thanks to Jesus for being the Ultimate Treasure in a jar of clay. Thank Him for humbling Himself to become human (without ceasing to be God) ultimately to die for our sins and conquer death as only He could.
4. Who do you know that struggles with humbling themselves? Pray for them, asking the Lord to help them see the glory of how HE humbled Himself to save people like us.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to bear in you the fruit of joy at all God has done to save sinners like us. Pray that, like the shepherds, you would hear what God has promised, pursue what He has done and eagerly tell others as His Grace changes your life.
The Facilitator is a study tool designed to help you engage with the weekly sermon through the five elements we incorporate in our Community Groups; Get Acquainted & Sharing, Sermon Study, Mission, Worship and Prayer. This tool will be made available Monday morning to give us the opportunity to look back at what we heard on Sunday.