Joseph


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

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.”

Matthew 16:24-26 - “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”

John 12:24-26 - "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.”

Matthew 1:19 - “And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.”

Matthew 1:20 - “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. She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.’”

Jude 1:24-25 - “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever...”

2 Chronicles 30:9b - “...For the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate, and will not turn His face away from you if you return to Him.”

I John 3:20 - “For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and He knows everything.”

Q1: Notes

Q2: Q1: What was the hardest decision you have ever had to make? Share it with the group.

Read Matthew 1:18-25

Q3: The word that is used to describe Joseph is the word Tsadiq. In some of the translations it is simply stated that he is a righteous man. This is a statement about a specific reputation. To be referred to as a tsadiq means that he works to keep every law. He loves to study the scriptures. He works to keep every law, every commandment, every feast. How would you imagine for a person like this (a Tsadiq) news of Mary’s pregnancy would feel? How do you think you might respond?

Read Matthew 16:24-26

Q4: Pastor Paul called this passage a call to self-sacrifice, not self-improvement. Why do you think it is so difficult for us to quit something, even if we think God is asking us to?

Re-read Matthew 1:19-21

Q5: According to Matthews account, Joseph was planning on divorcing Mary when he first heard of her pregnancy. But God appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him about the plan for Mary to give birth to Jesus. When Joseph “woke up” his heart and mind had changed. Joseph had encountered God. •Do you feel there are things God wants Christians today to “wake up” to? What would those things be? •What about you? Do you think God may be speaking to you about some things you may need to wake up to? If appropriate, share with the group.

Read Jude 24-25

Q6: Joseph’s mind changed from what to do with Mary to what to do with Jesus. What do these verses say to us concerning our choice to place our love, hope, and trust in Jesus?

*Close your group in prayer, thanking God for the gift of Jesus our Savior!

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