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A Birth Announcement Unfolds

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Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

I.        Introduction

II.      (vv. 8-9) The Shakeup of the Shepherds: You’ve Got Mail!

A.      Good News Delivered to a Humble Station

1.       God Sends His Message To A Humble Position

2.       God Sends His Message To A Humble Place

3.       God Sends His Message To A Humble Profession*

B.      Good News Delivered with a Holy Visitation

1.       An Amazing Visitor

2.       An Awesome Sight

3.       An Awful Fear

III.   (vv. 10-12) The Announcement of the Angel: Get the Message?

A.      Pacifying  Fear

B.      Pronouncing Joy

C.      Proclaiming the Birth

1.       A Special Delivery to Us

a)       At Determined Time

b)       At Determined Place

2.       A Special Deliverer For Us

a)       A Savior’s Birth

b)       Divinity on Earth

D.      Providing a Sign

IV.    (vv. 13-14) The Hymn of the Host: Congratulations!!!!

A.      The Mighty Host

1.       A Band of Many

2.       A Band of Military

3.       A Band of Magnificence

B.      The Majestic Hymn

1.       Brilliantly Entering

2.       Boldly Accompanying

3.       Beautifully Singing

a)       The Sound of Praise to God

b)       The Subject of Peace with Men

V.    Conclusion

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