SERMON – Matthew 1:18-23 – The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 3) – Born of the Spirit


Matthew 1:18-25 - The Snow Globe Kingdom (Part 3)

Born of the Spirit

Preached by Andrew Ruth
Matthew 1:18-25

(Wonder why we call this "The Snow Globe Kingdom?" We explain it here.)

3 Things the Holy Spirit does.

Story shows us 3 things the Holy Spirit does. 

We see that the HOLY SPIRIT,
1.) Brings order out of chaos.
2.) New Creation of brokenness.
3.) Conceives Jesus as a human, and in human hearts and minds. 

2 Names of Jesus

2 Names tell us who Jesus is and what Jesus will do.

1.) Jesus - Because He, Himself, will save his people from their sins.
2.) Emmanuel - God With Us.

Joseph’s 1 Choice

Joseph still has a choice.
1. Will Joseph abort the King or will he humiliate himself to welcome God's Kingdom?

Weekly Bible Reading Plan – April 26 – May 3

Snow Globe Kingdom Week 2 Reading Plan - 4.26-5.3

 Questions to Guide You:
  1. Reading Matthew 1:18-25 for the second time, what stands out?
  2. “Jesus” is the Greek version of the Hebrew “Joshua,” which means “God Saves.” From Deut 31 and Josh 1, how is Jesus like Joshua?
  3. Joshua led Israel into the Promised Land, where does Jesus lead us?
  4. Why do think Moses and God tell Joshua to be “strong and courageous” so many times?
  5. Where are places you need to be “strong and courageous” to follow your Joshua/Jesus?
  6. What does the child in Isaiah 9 accomplish? How has Jesus increased your Joy (v3)? What burdens do you need Jesus to lift off you (v4)? Can you let Jesus fight your battles from now on (v5)?
  7. What are his names? Think through them slowly. What do they each mean and why are they good news?
  8. In Is 11, what “Spirits” will Jesus, the “shoot of Jesse” possess? As followers of Jesus, how should these characterize us?
  9. What will the “Shoot of Jesse” (Jesus) accomplish? Good news?

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