And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Sunday School Conversation
READ: Matthew 1:21, 20:28 & Luke 2:10-11
SHARE: What was the “Good News” that the angel shared with the shepherds? Basically, the angel was sharing the Gospel with the shepherds. Do you know this Good News, and have you received it personally? How are you sharing it publicly, with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.?
PRAY: Thank the Lord for loving you and sending Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Ask Him to give you the desire and courage to share the Good News with others.
Parents – Refer to the “One Conversation” page for further discussion with your children.
READ: I Peter 1:18-19
SHARE: Every page of the Bible serves to remind us that the entire creation is broken and its only hope is that a Redeemer would come and restore it. The story of Boaz and Ruth is a clear reminder of this truth. If you aren’t familiar with the story of Ruth take a few minutes to read the entire book of Ruth (it’s short). According to I Peter 1:18-19, how has God redeemed us? If you have been redeemed by the work of Christ what impact does that redemption have on your life today? What impact will it have for eternity?
PRAY: Thank God for His grace and mercy that would send Jesus to be born of a virgin in order to become our Redeemer. Ask the Lord to help you share your personal story of how He has redeemed you with somebody over the Christmas holidays.
Upon hearing the Good News, the shepherds couldn’t help but go and share what they were told with others (Luke 2:15-18). For those who accept the Gospel, the Lord compels us to share that “Good News” across the street and around the world – “To Go” (See Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8)