Today is Monday, December 11th, 2017. I hope you have enjoyed our Advent series and I pray you have had a deeper understanding of peace this holiday season. Today we take a glimpse at the Nativity story, with the angels telling the shepherds of Jesus’ arrival. We then get to see how they respond, seeking out this child, the Savior.  - Mallory

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What is your favorite part of the Nativity story (the narrative of Jesus’ birth)? Why?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)

PRAY
Lord, we ask that you would meet us here today as we study your Word. We thank you for the countless times that You have already done so. Please help us to hear from You alone, Holy Spirit guide us into a deeper understanding of peace. We praise You for all that You have done and will continue to do for us this day. Amen.

DISCOVER  [Luke 2:8-21]

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,

   and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

- Why did the angels appear to the shepherds?
- What message did they have for them?
- What is meant by “and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (v.14)?

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

- How did the shepherds respond to this news?
- How did Mary respond to what was happening? What does this mean?
- What did the shepherds do after they left Mary, Joseph, and Jesus?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- How would you have responded if you were the shepherds?
- How would you have responded if you were Mary?
- How can we be like the shepherds today?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?