Summary: The best gifts are something that you really need given to you when you really need it from someone that you did not expect. Love is what motivates someone to give such a gift. That is what makes the birth of Jesus the best gift of love.
Big Idea: God the Father gave us Jesus as his gift of love to us.
Ice-breaker question: How would you define love?
Read: Luke 2:1-20
Observation (What does the passage say?)
1.Why did Mary and Joseph have to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem?
2.What happened while they were in Bethlehem?
3.What news did the angel of the Lord give to the shepherds?
4.What did the shepherds do after being given this news?
Interpretation (What does the passage mean?)
5.What prompted God to send us a Saviour? (See John 3:16)
6.Why will the birth of this Saviour be “…good news that will bring great joy to all people”?
7.The angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.” How does God’s favour rest on people?
8.Why did the shepherds tell “…everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child”?
Application (What does the passage mean to me personally?)
9.One way to define love is to say that it is giving your best for the sake of someone else with no expectation of anything in return. How does the birth of our Saviour demonstrate God’s love for us?
10.What has Jesus done for you that is such good news that you cannot keep it to yourself?
This Bible Study focuses on the same passage as the sermon on Dec 24/17 from Walnut Grove Lutheran Church, Langley BC. This & other Bible studies based on the Sunday message are available at wglc.org.