Thursday, December 15, 2011

Joy, Contentment, and Smelly Sheep (Luke 2)

How have you recently experienced joy in your life?

What situations or realities can sometimes be joy-stealers in your life?

How would you explain the difference between "happiness" and "joy"?

Read Luke 2:8-15.

What is your favorite part of this story?

Verse 10 says that the angel's message will bring joy for all people. Why would Jesus' birth bring "joy" to people?

What kind of job would be the modern, American equivalent to the shepherds? Do you think the shepherds were content with their lives, or did their lives lack something?

How can a lack of contentment lead to a lack of joy?

When the shepherds heard that the Messiah had been born, what do you think were the first thoughts they had?

How did Jesus meet the needs of the shepherds? How did Jesus meet our needs? How is Jesus the solution for our lack of contentment?

What are steps we can take in our lives to be more joy-filled? What things which steal our joy can we eliminate from our lives?

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