Small Group Questions:  Where will you find greatness (Lk 2:1-20)

Summary:  When God visited the earth through Jesus, he came in the most
humble way and the announcement came to the humblest of people, shepherds. 
This demonstrates that the Gospel is for all people, therefore we also need to
make the journey to humble places to make the Gospel available to all.

Optional Ice Breaker Questions (Choose one)
- Was was the most difficult trip you have ever taken?
- For Parents:  What was your reaction when you found out you were going to
have your first baby?

Explore:  (Luke 2:1-20)

1.  How do you think Joseph and Mary might have felt when they realized that
the baby was going to come while they were in Bethlehem?

2.  Why do you think God chose to have the birth of Jesus announced to
shepherds and not to any of the religious leaders?

3.  What did the angel of the Lord reveal about the baby that was born?  Does it
seem odd that he would be born the way he was?

4.  How is Jesus wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger a “sign?”  (A sign is
usually something that points to a reality beyond itself)

5.  (Phil 2:6-7) - Reading this alongside the birth story, describe how Jesus
humbled and emptied himself in his birth.


6.  (Phil 2:12) - According to the context of this verse, how are we to “work out
our salvation with fear and trembling?”  (hint, see v. 3-4)

7.  In what way do you struggle with emptying yourself and going to the “stables”
of life?

8.  Where/who/what is the stable in your life that you need to humbly go to?  In
what way can you demonstrate the good news at this stable?

9.  How can the group pray for you concering this lesson tonight?