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Sermon Notes: Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon Notes: Matthew 1:18-25

NOTES & SERMON-BASED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: June 4, 2023

 

SERMON NOTES

MAIN IDEA:

  • Jesus is God the Son incarnate, who came to save us from our sin by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

3 APPLICATION POINTS:

  1. An encounter with God creates a crisis, and His Grace disrupts us, rejoice in Him!
    1. Matthew 1:18-20
  1. Genesis 1:1-3
    1. Matthew 1:18 (“genesis” – “birth”)

 

  1. The names of Jesus reveal his identity and mission, trust and worship Him!
    1. Matthew 1:21-23
  1. Jesus – Yesus (Iēsous) = “Yahweh Saves”
  2. Immanuel (Īmmānū’ēl)= “With us – God”

 

  1. Regardless of how difficult obedience to God is, be obedient to the Lord!
    1. Matthew 1:24-25

 

 

SERMON-BASED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

 

LEADER’S NOTES:

  • The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus.
  • There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group.
  • Feel free to edit/rephrase the questions to fit your personality and style.

 

GENERAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  1. What stood out to you from the sermon (or from the passage)?
  2. What parts are the most challenging and why?
  3. What parts are the most exciting/helpful and why?

 

 

MATTHEW 1:18-25

18 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. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 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. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

 

23 Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel

 

(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

 

SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

  1. In this passage, Matthew makes every effort to defend that Jesus’ birth was supernatural (ie. born of a virgin, conceived from the Holy Spirit). Why is this so important/significant for the birth of our Savior?

 

  1. READ Genesis 3:15. How is Jesus’ birth a fulfillment of this Scripture? What does this tell us about the significance that Jesus will have in God’s plan for humanity? (LEADERS NOTE: Some translations say “offspring”, but the Hebrew word literally means “seed”. Normally descendants were understood as being the seed of the man, not the seed of the woman, so this is pointing to something out of the ordinary.)

 

  1. READ John 3:3-6. How does Jesus being conceived from the Spirit relate to our need for a spiritual rebirth? What are the similarities and differences between His birth and our rebirth?

 

  1. In verse 19, what does Joseph’s reaction to the pregnancy teach us about what it means to be just/righteous? What do you find encouraging or challenging about the way Joseph shows his righteousness? (LEADERS NOTE: The word translated “just” in verse 19 is also the normal word for “righteous”)

 

  1. The angel calls Joseph the son of David (even though we know Joseph’s father’s name was Jacob). How would this help Joseph understand the significance of what was happening? (Think back to last week’s message.)

 

  1. Consider the two names that are given to Jesuis in this passage; Jesus (which means “Yaweh saves”) and Immanuel (meaning “God with us”). What do these names tell us about the significance of who Jesus is and what He was born to do?

 

  1. COMPARE Matthew 1:23 with John 1:1 and John 1:14. What similarities do you see in the way these verses describe who Jesus is?
    1. How might these verses help you explain the deity of Christ to someone of another faith, like a Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, or Muslim?
    2. What other passages might help?

 

  1. In what ways was Joseph’s obedience a potential risk or struggle? How does Joseph’s obedience encourage you to be faithful even when it is costly?