Matthew 1:18-25

Read Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

God spoke to Joseph through an angel in a dream. How does God most commonly speak to us?

That's right, the primary way God speaks to us through his Word, the Bible.

Are you regularly reading God’s Word, the Bible? When do you read? How do you read (a lot, a little, memorize, meditate, journaling, etc.)?

What are some of the commands from God’s Word that you have read recently?

When did Joseph obey (1:24)?

Joseph obeyed right away when he woke up! We should not hesitate to obey God. Are there any commands of God that you are hesitating to follow? Why?

What do you think were the social consequences of Joseph taking Mary as his wife? Despite these consequences, why do you think was he willing to take Mary as his wife?

Joseph did not fear men's opinions. He had information they did not have (the angel’s message), and they probably would not have believed even if he told them. But Joseph did not waver in doing what was right to be obedience to God.

What are some of the social consequences that you have experienced because of your choice to follow Jesus?

When are you tempted to hide the fact that you're a follower of Jesus?

How are you able to find the courage to be bold?

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