Christmas is…Love

Have you ever been struck by the surprises tucked away in the Christmas story? This week’s message is all about those unexpected moments. Think about it: a small town like Nazareth, a young woman named Mary, and a series of events that defy our expectations. We’re going to take a closer look at these surprising elements and see how they connect to our lives today. It’s more than just a story about a manger; it’s about the surprises that challenge and inspire us. Join us as we explore these hidden gems in the familiar story of the first Christmas, and out how they can bring a fresh perspective to our understanding of how deeply God loves us.


  1. How does understanding the humble and surprising circumstances of Jesus’ birth challenge our modern perceptions of power and success?
  2. In what ways does the incarnation of Jesus in such humble settings speak to the nature of God’s involvement in the human experience?
  3. Reflect on the role of Mary and Joseph in the Christmas narrative. How does their faith amidst uncertainty and societal judgment inspire your own faith journey?
  4. How can the concept of ‘God with us’ in humble beginnings influence our approach to service and compassion in our communities?
  5. Discuss the significance of the first prophecy of Jesus in Genesis and its fulfillment in the humble setting of Bethlehem. What does this long-anticipated arrival teach us about God’s timing and plans?
  6. Consider the societal and cultural expectations of a Messiah during biblical times. How does the reality of Jesus’ humble birth defy these expectations, and what does that teach us about God’s ways versus human expectations?
  7. How does the story of Jesus’ birth challenge our typical responses to unexpected life events, especially those that seem undesirable or difficult at first?
  8. In light of Jesus’ humble beginnings and life experiences, how can we find strength and hope in our own moments of hardship and simplicity?
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