Worth the Risk
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Matthew 1:18–1:25
Worth the Risk
Week three in a series about the hope of Christmas found in Jesus Christ
Facing the Doubters
History has always been filled with doubters who tell us "it won't work" or "you can't do that." That's not just the case in the world of inventors, but it’s also true in the world of faith. We see bold examples in Scripture of men and women who were willing to take the risk of following God despite what others might think and say about them. We today are called to do the same.
Matthew 1:18-25 NIV
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
"Joseph son of David, do not be afraid"
Joseph had two fears: "What will God think?" and "What will people say?" The angel of the Lord addressed that first fear, but the second remained. Joseph had to decide between taking a risk and being faithful to God or giving in to the fear of what others would say.
A Hope that's Worth the Risk
Experiencing the hope of Jesus means caring more about what God has for you than what others say about you. It begins with an initial commitment of faith in Jesus that's greater than our fears, but then continues on throughout our entire lifetime where we stay true to Him regardless of the cost. We do so because the hope of Jesus is worth the risk.
"Do Not Be Afraid"
This Christmas, “do not be afraid.” Don’t let the doubters have the last word in your life because hope is here--the hope of Immanuel that says that “God is with you,” and the hope of Jesus that “God is for you,” always and forever.
Experiencing the hope of Jesus means caring more about what God has for you than what others say about you. Pastor Dan
1. Use the verses below to draw a timeline that puts in order the events surrounding Jesus’ birth (example: when Joseph found out Mary was pregnant and when they married). What can we know for sure?
* Luke 1:24-27
* Luke 1:34-43, 56
* Luke 2:1-7
* Matthew 1:18-24
2. Why do you think an angel spoke to Joseph in dreams (Matthew 1:20-21; 2:13-14; 2:19-23) but to Mary directly (Luke 1:26-28, 38)?
3. What does it mean that Jesus is the “Son of David”? Why is that significant?
* Matthew 1:1; Romans 1:3
* 2 Samuel 7:12-16
* Matthew 21:15-16; Revelation 22:16
* Mark 12:35-37; Psalm 110:1
4. How does Joseph’s story encourage or challenge you as a believer? As a step-parent or a grandparent (if you’re one)?