Christmas Incarnation
A 4-week Advent Bible study series

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Van Hornthorst, Adoration of the Children (1620)
Gerard (Gerrit) van Honthorst (1590-1656), Adoration of the Children (1620), Uffizi Gallery, Florence. Italy. Larger image.

Here is a series of four lessons that can be used as an Advent Study for small groups, adult education classes, or personal study. They are designed to help you focus on the real meaning of Christmas -- the incarnation of God himself in Jesus Christ -- and what we can learn about discipleship from the principal characters in this drama. This series is available as an interactive online study and also as series of interactive YouTube videos that can be used to stimulate small group discussion and learning. If your group can't fit in all four lessons, consider using the first three.

  1. Mary, The Virgin Mother (Luke 1:26-45). YouTube logo

  2. Joseph, the Stand-In Father (Matthew 1:18-25) YouTube logo

  3. The Shepherds' Sign of the Manger (Luke 2:1-20) YouTube logo

  4. Wise Men and the Christmas Star of Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1-12) YouTube logo
    References and Abbreviations

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Christian Incarnation: A Study of Jesus Birth on YouTube, with Dr. Wilson teaching the four lessons in 20- to 25-minute sessions, with pauses for group discussion. 1. Mary; 2. Joseph; 3. Shepherds; 4. Wise Men. The DVD is out of print, but these videos are free for you to use for your class, group, or church via YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQLvKcLxLhV5vf0L6MO2hnqBAkVd3cb0H

Links to many paintings of Christmas subjects and paintings of angels can be found on the JoyfulHeart.com site. Other articles on incarnation include: "A Healthy Cry from the Manger: The Meaning of the Incarnation,"  "They Call Him Immanuel (Emmanuel)," and "A Flesh-and-Blood Christmas Miracle."

Copyright © 1985-2017, Ralph F. Wilson. <pastor@joyfulheart.com> All rights reserved. A single copy of this article is free. Do not put this on a website. See legal, copyright, and reprint information.

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