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Preparing for the Sermon - Matt. 1:18-25

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • Read Matthew 1:18-25. What is this account about according to v. 18? Why is this significant in light of Matt 1:1-17?
  • What is highlighted about Mary and Joseph in this passage? How are these things theologically and practically significant for us?
  • What is highlighted about Jesus in this passage? How does this passage highlight the supernatural nature of Jesus’ conception?
  • What is the practical and theological significance of v. 21? How does this verse highlight the point and purpose of the birth of this child?
  • Why did these things happen according to vv. 22-23? Where does Matthew quote from in these verses? How does this verse fit into what Isaiah is talking about in Isaiah 7-9?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • Consider the significance of the events leading to the birth of Christ. What does this specific passage highlight, and how should that impact you?
  • Consider the significance specifically of the way in which the Christ was conceived. What impact should this have on you as you go about your day today?
  • Think about the definiteness of the words of v. 21 – “he will save his people from their sins”. How should this statement shape your response to your sins?
  • Consider the weight of the name “Immanuel”. How does this shape our view of this baby who was named Jesus?