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.’”
To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.
If you plan to use the optional homework, you’ll need two or three volunteers each week. A few days before your Bible study, choose two volunteers and give each of them one of the following assignments. Tell them you’d like them to take 3-5 minutes to share their work with the group.
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 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.