Worship Experience

December 16, 2018

There Will Be Joy and Peace

Application Questions

  1. When you think of a shepherd, what images and characteristics come to mind?
  2. Have you ever felt under attack-hopeless without direction? If yes, how did you respond?
  3. How does Jesus step in as our Good Shepherd?

  1. What does this reveal about God?
  2. What does this reveal about you?
  3. What do you need to do about it?
  4. Who do you need to tell about it?


Micah 5:1-6  (CSB)

From Defeated Ruler to Conquering King

Now, daughter who is under attack,

you slash yourself in grief;

a siege is set against us!

They are striking the judge of Israel

on the cheek with a rod.

Bethlehem Ephrathah,

you are small among the clans of Judah;

one will come from you

to be ruler over Israel for me.

His origin is from antiquity,

from ancient times.

Therefore, Israel will be abandoned until the time

when she who is in labor has given birth;

then the rest of the ruler’s brothers will return

to the people of Israel.

He will stand and shepherd them

in the strength of the Lord,

in the majestic name of the Lord his God.

They will live securely,

for then his greatness will extend

to the ends of the earth.

He will be their peace.

When Assyria invades our land,

when it marches against our fortresses,

we will raise against it seven shepherds,

even eight leaders of men.

They will shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword,

the land of Nimrod with a drawn blade.

So he will rescue us from Assyria

when it invades our land,

when it marches against our territory.

Matthew 2:1-6 (CSB)

Wise Men Visit the King

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Christ would be born.

“In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet:

And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah:

Because out of you will come a ruler

who will shepherd my people Israel.


Psalm 23 (CSB)

Psalm 23

The Good Shepherd

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd;

I have what I need.

He lets me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside quiet waters.

He renews my life;

he leads me along the right paths

for his name’s sake.

Even when I go through the darkest valley,

I fear no danger,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

as long as I live.