Going Deeper – December 16, 2018

The Faithfulness and Obedience of Joseph

Matthew 1:18-25

A great way to understand the Bible is to put yourself in the story. Joseph and Mary were committed to be married. Before their marriage, Mary became pregnant. How would you have responded to that news? Joseph was a righteous man who loved Mary so he decided to break off their wedding quietly. However, God showed up in a dream and convincingly changed Joseph’s mind. Joseph took Mary as his wife and the whole world was changed because of Joseph’s obedience to God.

  1. Have you ever decided on something and then God convincingly changed your mind?
  2. Imagine yourself as Joseph. What would you have done?
  3. Imagine yourself as Mary. What would you be feeling?
  4. What was Joseph’s part in the birth and maturing of Jesus?

Oftentimes in the Christmas story, Joseph’s faithfulness and obedience is overlooked. Joseph took huge steps of faith to follow the Lord, and we should model our lives after Joseph’s life.