This is lesson 3 of 4 in the Good News for the Humble series, a Christmas and New Year’s study of Luke 1–2.
- Main Point of the Passage: When Jesus was born angels announced the good news of the Messiah’s birth to shepherds who found him lying in a feed trough.
- Main Point of the Lesson: The birth of Jesus is good news of great joy for all people.
- Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will understand what made Jesus’ coming is good news for every person.
- Key Verses: Luke 2:10–11, CSB “But the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.’”
Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.
Smile Question: What’s the most grooming you’ve ever given to an animal?
Share Question: When you were a child, what was the most vivid or memorable part of the Christmas story to you?
Introduce the Passage: The birth of Jesus is good news of great joy for all people. That’s what the angels proclaimed to the shepherds in Luke 2:1-20. When Jesus was born angels announced the good news of the Messiah’s birth to shepherds who found him lying in a feed trough.
- Optional: If you’re using the optional homework, have a member of your group either recite the passage from memory or give a detailed summary of the passage from memory.
- Optional: Have a member of your group present their word study on the following word(s):
- “Messiah” in Luke 2:11
Study Question: Let’s read the Luke 2:1-20 and look for answers to this question: What events in this story should bring joy to people the world considers nobody?
Possible answers include:
- God orchestrated the events using the most powerful man in the world but kept that man oblivious to the events. (v. 1-3)
- God chose a man and woman who couldn’t afford a clean place to deliver their baby. (v. 4-7)
- God announced the news to shepherds. (v. 8-9)
- The angels called their announcement “good news of great joy for all people.” (v. 10)
- The angels said the Savior was born “for [or unto] you.” (v. 11)
- God allowed his Son to spend his first night on earth in a feeding trough. (v. 12-16)
Connect-the-Dots Question: What values did God symbolically communicate by sending Jesus the way he did?
Count-the-Cost Question: What might cause a person to assume Jesus’ birth doesn’t affect their lives?
Let’s-Do-It Question: Which aspect of this story communicates most directly to you that Jesus’ birth is good news for you personally?
Prayer: Father, thank you for sending your Son, our Savior, in a way that gives hope to all people.
Optional homework for next time: If your group plans to continue to lesson 4 in this series, distribute the following pages to volunteers in preparation for your next Bible study.