Teaching Pastor Adam Brock walks through Luke 2:8-20, examining the account of the shepherds in the story of Christ’s birth. He shows how the shepherds received the angels’ announcement with humble faith, promptly responded in obedience, and boldly spread the good news of the Savior’s birth. As believers, we are called to the same task: to live as bold witnesses of the hope we have in Christ. The message of Christ’s birth isn’t distant history; it’s the very present answer to our deepest need. Today, right now, we can follow the shepherds’ example of humble, prompt faith and bold witness of Jesus. His birth, life, death, and resurrection sealed our pardon and freed us from the fear of death.
Adam highlighted the shepherds’ status as religious and societal outcasts, yet they are the ones who receive the angels’ message of Christ’s birth. Spend some time reading through 1 Corinthians 1:26-31. What can we learn from this about God’s character and His approach to humanity? What does this tell us about the good news of the gospel?
This is the most important thing you can hear: God has come and He's come for you. He's come to invite you to be a part of Him, because that is the best news we could ever hear.