Touching Our Family

Continuing with week two of our series God’s Touch, Pastor Greg MacCallum will be preaching from Matthew 1:18-25.


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“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him…” – Matthew 1:24

  • Christmas is the time to be FAMILY

5 Stages of Joseph’s response in Matthew 1:18-25

1)  SITUATION (vs. 1:18)

  • Betrothed / Betrayal 

2)  SEPARATION (vs. 1:19)

  • Joseph shows restraint, compassion, mercy 

3)  SECRET (vs. 1:20)

  • NEVER Underestimate God!

4)  SATISFACTION (vs. 1:21-23)

  • “Congratulations!  It’s a GOD!” (Isaiah 7:14)

5)  SERVICE (vs. 1:24-25)

  • Joseph provides for Mary regardless of the cost. 

Christmas is the time to be family!

Follow Jesus example by looking for ways to love each other! 

  • Have patience with those around you
  • Sometimes we need to use “selective amnesia”
  • Serve others for the glory of Jesus name! 

Digging Deeper

(For use in personal/family devotions or with your care group)

Q1: As a child what was your favourite family Christmas tradition? What about in adulthood?

Q2: Share about a time when you chose restraint, compassion and mercy with someone instead of the shame and disgrace they deserved. 

Q3: Has there ever been a time when you underestimated God and He came through BIG time for you?  What happened?

Q4: How can you show love to someone in your family this season?

Q5: How should Matthew 1:21 shape the way you read the rest of this gospel?

Q6: Read Matthew 5:17-18 and Galatians 4:4-5. Why did God choose to send the Saviour to us under the law, not above it?

Q7: How does Jesus fulfill Isaiah 7:14? How did Jesus’ birth fulfill the promise of Genesis 3:15?