Best Christmas Ever – Participation

By December 22, 2019City Church Sermons

Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon Outline

Joseph discovered that Mary was pregnant and he knew that he was not the father. In order to spare her the possibility of great shame at the least, and being stoned to death at the worst, he determined to divorce her quietly. However, an angel of the Lord spoke to him in a dream and told him that God was at work in Mary and that he should not fear taking her as his wife because the child in her womb was the promised one of God. Joseph made a momentous decision to move from being a spectator to a participant in the work of God. We are challenged to do the same.

Spectating is vicarious, vain and vacant.

Participation is personal, powerful and purposeful.

Which shall you choose?

Sermon Application

  • How do you think that Joseph responded when Mary told him that she was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit ? How would you have responded to something like that?
  • Joseph made a plan for how he would respond to Mary’s circumstances. In what ways does this make Joseph a spectator to what God is doing in and through Mary?
  • As the angel reveals God’s activity to Joseph, how does Joseph move from being a spectator to a participant?
  • What stress, dishonor, challenge and rebuke is Joseph willing to experience by deciding to believe Mary?
  • Are their costs involved in choosing to participate in the move/activity of God? Have you ever experienced this? How so?
  • Have you ever told God that you are all in? Can you do it now?

The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.


Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Terrell Glenn (Terrell@StAndrews.Church).