Abiding Savior Free Lutheran
December 15, 2019 (8am) Worship Service
“Christmas Plans” Matthew 1:18-25 ~ Pastor Kirk Flaa
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  • Living Word Free Lutheran Church
    7901 S Meredith Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108, USA
    domingo 8:00 AM


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SERMON: “Christmas Plans” Matthew 1:18-25

“What can we learn from the first Christmas on how to manage all of our Christmas plans?”

1. Understand That Plans Change

2. Leave Room for God’s Plan

3. Walk Faithfully in the Best Plan

“God’s plan is always the best plan!”
1. Put yourself into Joseph’s place (and Mary’s!)—a young couple, ready to be wed according to all the customs of day and in accordance to God’s design, only to find out that Mary is pregnant! How would you have felt to have your plans changed in such a dramatic fashion/manner? Describe a time in your own life when your plans changed dramatically, either for the good or for the worse. How did you feel about it, and how did you respond?
2. Discuss the principles we see at play in Joseph’s response to this change of plans. How did he respond, and what lessons can we learn from his example?
3. What do we discover in this text about God’s plan and divine intervention? Read the following texts as you respond: Job 42:2; Psalm 33:11; Isaiah 46:11; Jeremiah 29:11; James 4:13-15. What do these verses teach us about God’s plans?
4. How does Matthew emphasize the Divinity of Jesus in this text? Why is the virgin birth necessary? What would happen if Jesus was conceived of an earthly father (Joseph) rather than God as heavenly Father?
5. Discuss in your group the significance of the names given in this text to our Lord: “Jesus” and “Immanuel”. How does this impact your own walk of faith, and how have you experienced the reality of these names in your own life?
6. Share with the group a time in your own life when God’s plan differed considerably from your own. How did you respond, and what has been the long term impact of your decision?

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