The Annoucement

Bible (with shadow)
On your own or with friends/family, read the opening chapter of the New Testament — the account of Joseph, the earthly father God chose for His Son.
Matthew 1
Note for parents: If you’re reading this with your children, you may want to paraphrase verses 18 and beyond. Please read in advance and determine what is appropriate for your children.
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Journal on your own or discuss the following questions with a group of friends or your family:

  • How would the weight of generations of expectations of the coming Messiah affect Joseph’s ability to step into such an awesome role.
  • What do you think was going through Joseph’s mind when the angel showed up and told him about Jesus?
  • How would you have felt if you were Joseph? What would this announcement mean to him? What does this announcement mean for us?
  • Have you had an experience where God asked you to do something that seemed ridiculous? Make a plan this Christmas season to do something ridiculous that you know God wants you to do. If you are discussing this with friends or family, what could you do together?
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