S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them. Luke 2:8–20 NLT
Sermon Insights: Do you believe that you could make an impact 2,000 years from now? EVERYONE matters to God!
Let’s not lose the focus: the angels first said, “Glory to God in highest heaven!” How are you focusing your attention and worship on God and his surprising gift this season?
The shepherds were society’s migrant outcasts, ignored and mistrusted. Yet the angels appeared to THEM. And they picked up, went, and worshipped. Are you too busy or important to stop and worship?
Lord, thank you for coming to the earth…despite our sin…and bringing light and life to us!