Worship The King – Part 4: The Celebration of Christmas

Worship The King – Part 4: The Celebration of Christmas

The Celebration of Christmas
Worship The King – Part 4
December 18-19, 2021
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love

Luke 2:8-20

“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.’ Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.’ When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.” Luke 2:8–20 (p.781)

  • God Sent His Son, We Celebrate

1. A savior Is born. (This means I don’t have to negotiate with God about my sins.) 

When Mary heard that she was going to have Jesus as her son look at her response:

“Mary responded, ‘Oh, how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!’” Luke 1:46–47 (p.780)

“So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” Ephesians 1:6 (p.895)

“God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17 (p.811)

2. Eternal life. (This means I can know things are good between me and God.)

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (p.811)

“For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.”
2 Corinthians 5:19 (p.884)

“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.” Ephesians 1:14 (p.895)

Memory Verse: “You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.”
Mathew 4:10b (p.735)

My Next Step This Week: ________ I will begin each day with celebration. I will give God thanks for sending His Son Jesus, I will praise Him for all He has done In my life, and I will set my heart to give Him glory.


Discussion/Groups Guide
Weekend Talk of December 18-19, 2021
Worship The King – Part 4

The Celebration of Christmas

Life Groups are on break right now. We start up again the week of January 16, 2022. This guide is also great for discussions with your family and friends.

Find out more about Groups (in person and online) at alivechurch.com/groups.

Conversation Starters

  • Have you ever been on a sheep farm (or on any livestock farm) or spent time with sheep?
    • What was the context? What stands out in your memory? The sounds, the smell?
  • When have you been up late at night, perhaps working, and everything was very still and calm? In times like that, doesn’t it seem like every sound or movement is magnified?
    • What if something supernatural were to break the silence and the darkness? Would you be afraid?
  • What is your earliest memory of Christmas?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.

This week’s One Thing: The key principle that Pastor Jeff Love challenges us with is:

God Sent His Son, We Celebrate!

Series Memory Verse: Matthew 4:10 (p.735)

Background:  Luke 2:8-20 (p.781)

  • See also Isaiah 9:6-7 (p.523) and Micah 5:2 (p.706).
  • As you read these passages, think about the significance of the “Christmas Story” being just a part of a much bigger unfolding of God’s redemptive plan for us.
    • What do you see from these passages that give you hope and encouragement for your future?

Jeff challenged us to think about why we celebrate The King …

  1. A savior Is born. (This means I don’t have to negotiate with God about my sins.)  See Luke 1:46-47 (p.780); Ephesians 1:6 (p.895); and John 3:17 (p.811)
    • See also Hebrews 10:10 (p.925).
    • Are you a driver who has had some interesting moments with law enforcement—such as tickets? Did you ever try to negotiate your way out of the ticket?
    • How does our culture typically think of God? Do most think of Him as One who condemns?
    • What has been your experience—before and after you became a Follower of Jesus?
    • Why is Hebrews 10:10 significant to this discussion?
  2. Eternal life. (This means I can know things are good between God and I.) See John 3:16 (p.811); 2 Corinthians 5:19 (p.884); and Ephesians 1:14 (p.895)
    • See also Revelation 21:1-7 (p.961)
    • When you have a disagreement with someone close to you, is it important to know when things are “good” between the two of you?
    • God has made it possible for our relationship to be “good” through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus. And it was not up to us to meet Him halfway or anything like that.
    • See Romans 5:6-11 (p.860)
    • Talk about the significance of this truth.
    • Why is it important that Jesus did the “heavy lifting” so to speak?

Digging Deeper

  • See Luke 2:19 (p.781) and Luke 2:51b (p.782).
    • Consider how Mary may have felt when these events unfurled following the visit from the Angel Gabriel (Luke 1:26-38 (p779)). 
    • What kinds of things would she store in her heart?
    • If it was you, what would you remember?
  • Now Look at John 2:1-5 (p.810); Matthew 12:48 (p.743); and John 19:25-27 (p.827)
    • What stands out to you from these mentions of Mary during Jesus’ ministry?
    • The John 19 passage is a bit reminiscent of a scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in which King Theoden stands at the grave of his son and says, “No parent should have to bury their child.”
    • Perhaps you have been in those shoes. Think about this: Mary bore the son of God and his sole purpose was to die for mankind. She then saw him do just that: suffer and die on the cross. Did she ever put two and two together?  We don’t read of her reaction at His resurrection. We can only guess it was only of joy – yet sadness since he would depart physically again shortly.  
  • So what should we take from the Luke 2 passages? At least this: that we should store God’s word in our hearts (Psalm 119:11-16 (p.468)).

My Next Step This Week: ___ I will begin each day with celebration. I will give God thanks for sending His Son Jesus, I will praise Him for all He has done In my life and I will set my heart to give Him glory.