Yass Community Baptist Church
Escape To Egypt
Part III of our 2018 Christmas series
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  • Yass Community Baptist Church
    50 Laidlaw St, Yass NSW 2582, Australia
    Monday 10:00 AM
Christmas Time

It’s Christmas time. It is a time of year that life gets a little bit crazy. There are lights, decorations, presents, carols and more. In the midst of all that we remember the birth of Jesus.

In contrast to modern day Christmas celebrations the biblical stories of Jesus birth and early life can seem understated and brief. Today we continue our exploration of the birth and early life of Jesus as told in Matthew’s gospel.
We start with a dream. An angel called Joseph to tell him what Herod was planning to do, encouraging him to take Mary and Jesus and flee.

But why Egypt? Wouldn't there have been better or easier places to take refuge?

It was a long trip with a toddler. Would you have made that trip? Why would Mary and Joseph have done what they did?
It's not a pretty story. Herod, threatened with the loss of all he knew and held dear, did unspeakable things to try and cling to his throne.

But where did this all come from? Was this a one off event, or was this only part of a bigger story?

What would you do in the same situation? If everything you knew and loved was threatened?
Yet again, Joseph is caught off guard when God speaks to him whilst he sleeps.

God asks for the family to take another trip, but to an area that we may not logically expect the family to go.

What would you do if you were called back into a place/community/people who had already shown they had no room for you?
But I've Never Had That Experience
It's easy to believe that God had a plan for His son Jesus.

But do we believe that His plan for us is just as certain, and just as good?

What is God using in your life to speak His plan over you?

Life Group Discussion Questions Below

As our life groups gather this week, we have attached our reference verse and some questions to prompt a deeper discussion and search into this week's topic.

If you are not currently part of a life group, and would like to join a small group of like minded people in fellowship and connection during the week, please contact Nick on 0417472474 to register your interest.
1. Has God ever spoken to you in a dream or vision?

2. Do you think God still uses these methods to speak to His people?

3. What would you do to protect that which you love?

4. Do you ever succeed at the expense of others? Why?

5. Would you return to a place that showed you no consideration, respect, or compassion? Why do you think Joseph, Mary, and Jesus went back?

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