Joseph – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric begins the Advent series ‘Christmas Heroes’ with a message about Joseph from Matthew 1 & 2.
1. Joseph was a FAMILY man. (1:15-17)
2. Joseph was a JUST man. (1:18-25)
3. Joseph was a BRAVE man. (2:12-14)
4. Joseph was a BALANCED man. (2:19-23)
ICEBREAKER: What do you do to unwind after a hard day?
1. Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth in Matthew 1:18 differs from all the other births in Matthew 1:1-17 to set His apart. What is the difference, and why does it matter [cf. Genesis 3:15; Luke 1:35; and Galatians 4:4-5]?
2. Joseph is described as a “just” man in Matthew 1:19. In what sense was he “just”, and how did he demonstrate it [cf. Genesis 6:9; Job 1:1; and 1 John 3:7]?
3. Why did the angel have to reassure Joseph by telling him not to fear marrying his pregnant betrothed wife [Matthew 1:20]? How would it be perceived if he married Mary [cf. Proverbs 22:1; Ecclesiastes 7:1; and Ephesians 5:5]?
4. What was Jesus’ mission according to Mathew 1:21? Why is it important for people to be saved from their sins [cf. Isaiah 59:2; John 1:29; and Acts 5:31]?
5. Reflect on the name “Immanuel”, God with us [Matthew 1:23]. How is this name of Jesus giving you hope and encouragement in these trying times [cf. John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16; and Hebrews 2:14-15]?
6. What does Joseph’s actions in Matthew 1:24-25 indicate about his character? How does this challenge you in your spiritual journey today [cf. Romans 1:5; Romans 16:25-27; and 1 Peter 1:22]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“God’s commands are designed to guide you to life’s very best. You will not obey Him, if you do not believe Him and trust Him. You cannot believe Him if you do not love Him. You cannot love Him unless you know Him.” (Henry Blackaby)