In Regards to Our Past

When we see the Christmas story from Joseph’s perspective, we discover not only the mystery of God at work, but how to choose well even when life doesn’t make sense.

Teaching Notes

Three Essential Qualities in Joseph's Life

  • Joseph showed an openness to a completely different plan for his life.
  • The second remarkable quality in Joseph's life is his courage to act.
  • We see how a change in direction can launch us into God's greater purpose.

Jesus' bravery was not a feeling but an action.




  • James 4:13-17
  • Matthew 1:18-25
  • Matthew 1:22-23
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