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March 18: Jesus Christ-God With Us: Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon Summary: After having instructed us about the unique origin of the child of promise—Jesus Christ, the Son of Abraham and the Son of David—Matthew now speaks to the uniqueness of his birth. In our passage this week we see that he was uniquely born by the power of the Holy Spirit being fully man and yet fully God. This unique God-man would be given two names that would describe his mission: Immanuel, which means God with us, and Jesus, which means God saves us. Consider his unique saving power to deliver us from the penalty and power of sin, leading us back to the Father as redeemed children of Adam.

 

Fellowship Starters

What is the significance of the fact that Jesus had no earthly Father?

How is the grace of God demonstrated through the miraculous conception of Jesus?

What does it means that Jesus saves us from our sins? How does this statement imply that all humans stand in need of saving?

What is the link between the two names given in this passage for the promised Son: Immanuel (God with us) and Jesus (God saves us)?

Describe the significance of the virgin birth. How does this give us a hope that is greater than every other world religion?