The Promise and the Light
Fearful shepherds, a humble teenage girl, and a clumsy carpenter in Bethlehem – the Nativity story from the Bible we all know and love is brought to life in intimate detail by Katy Morgan, helping the reader to consider what might have happened in the lead up to the advent of Christ and the salvation of the world.
Question 1 - This book is a creative retelling of the story of Jesus’ birth. What parts of this retelling are biblical, and what parts are simply creative additions from the author’s imagination of what could have taken place?
Discussion Guide - Read Luke 1:1-2:21 and Matthew 1:18-2:23. Discuss any things mentioned in the biblical text that were also mentioned in the story. Then, have your child share two or three details that were included in the story by creative license (descriptions of Mary’s family, Joseph’s brother joining the zealots, etc.)
Question 2 - In this creative retelling of the Nativity story, both Mary and Joseph’s brothers struggle to understand the promises of God. Have you ever struggled to understand God’s Word? If so, what have you done to find answers to your questions?
Discussion Guide - Allow your child to share his or her thoughts. If your child has gone through Foundation Studying the Bible Curriculum, discuss several strategies for sound biblical interpretation and how they can help us correctly understand God’s Word.
Question 3 - Jesus didn’t come to earth in the way that most people expected Him to come. Why is it so significant that, in His first coming, Jesus came as a baby rather than as a conquering king?
Discussion Guide - Read Hebrews 4:14-16 and discuss how Jesus is a merciful and faithful high priest because He can sympathize with our weaknesses. He has been tempted in every respect yet is without sin.
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