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The Birth of Christ
(Matthew 1:18-2:12; Luke 2:1-40)

Use these discussion questions for the various events in the Christmas Story related to the birth of Christ.

  • How do you think Mary and Joseph felt about traveling and her pregnancy?
  • How would you feel after walking 70 miles?
  • Who was in control of the events leading to Jesus’ birth-God or Caesar?
  • What does the census tell us about God’s timing and control of world events?
  • How did God use Caesar’s census to fulfill Old Testament prophecy?
  • Has anything ever happened to you that you later understood to be in God’s plan?
  • With no room in the inn, what do you think Mary and Joseph might have felt?
  • Do you think someone might have made room if they had known more about the child Mary was carrying?
  • In what ways do we make room for Jesus? Have there been times in your own life when you failed to make room for him?
  • What can we learn about Mary and Joseph from the events related to the Census and the Birth?
  • Why do you think God arranged these circumstances in this way?
  • Have there been times in your own life, when you knew God’s plans, but circumstances seemed to be in conflict with that plan?

 

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