Date: December 16, 2001

Series: Advent

Speaker: Steve Hixon

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The Shepherds
Ordinary People Matter to God
Luke 2:8-20

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There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified.
The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger."
1. God loves ordinary people.

“Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don't see many of "the brightest and the best" among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn't it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses...”
1 Corinthians 1

2. God loves being a Shepherd.

“Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock...”
Psalm 80

3. God loves shepherding ordinary people.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-- and I lay down my life for the sheep...
John 10

Life Response:

“How has God been a Shepherd to you in your life?”

advent is a Christian celebration stretching over the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, the birth of Jesus. People often use an advent wreath composed of four or five candles which are lit to symbolize each Sunday, with the fifth candle being lit on Christmas eve or Christmas day itself. Families can use this time to prepare themselves spiritually by reading Scripture and focusing their thoughts on the coming to earth of God’s Messiah.

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