WEEK OF DECEMBER 24, 2017

Day 2 - Romans 16:25-27

St. Paul is finishing his letter to the Christians in Rome with a sentence that could be regarded as a doxology—a song of praise in which mankind expresses its love for God. The praise is for,
—God strengthening the believers in faith by the gospel and the words of Jesus
—the revealing of the secret that God had planned a redeemer to save all mankind from its sin
For all of this, and more, St. Paul offers eternal praise and glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ.

Read Romans 16:25-27

Head
What is a doxology defined as? Where do we see these songs of praise show up in the Bible? What about Romans 11: 33-36?

Heart
Look Up Romans 12, how are we to live a life of “doxology”?

Look at verses 9-18. Out of all of these actions listed, which one do you find comes most naturally to you? Which one is the hardest?

Hands
What is one way you can/do show praise to God on a daily basis?


Day 3 - Luke 1: 26-38

Today’s reading talks about Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she will be the mother of the Messiah, Mary of course is wondering how this is to happen; what is she supposed to do? The angel explains that she will conceive a child and she is to name him Jesus. Then he tells her that her relative Elizabeth, considered barren, was now in her 6th month of pregnancy, noting that with God, nothing is impossible. What is Mary’s response? So be it!

You may think that this is no big deal. In that culture, Mary is fully aware that if she shows up pregnant and Joseph is not the father, then it would be considered that she had committed adultery which was punishable by being stoned to death. So by agreeing to God’s announcement, she could be getting a death sentence. 

Read Luke 1: 26-38

Head
What does Messiah mean? To learn more click this link.

Look in your small catechism at question 125, how is Jesus our “prophet, priest and king?” Which of these roles of Jesus is most significant to you? 

Heart
Mary’s response to the angel “Let it be to me according to your word.” She doesn't have a “but wait…” moment she just accepts what the angel told her as truth. Share a time where you had to say “let it be” to God and trust that He has a plan that will work out.

Hands
Take time as a family thanking God for his gift of a savior. Think of another person you can pray for that might not know Jesus or the true meaning of Christmas.