Good News for the Humble CoverLesson Overview

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.’”

Discussion Questions

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.

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