Continuing with week two of our series God’s Touch, Pastor Greg MacCallum will be preaching from Matthew 1:18-25.
You can view the recorded service live-stream at https://youtu.be/WmQwesBzNRk.
The sermon audio is here.
“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!
(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?