Giving Up Control   

Matthew 1:18-25

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

I. Who is Joseph?


II. What decisions did Joseph have to make?


III. Why did Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem?


IV. What do we know about Joseph after the return from Egypt to Nazareth?


V.  So What?

1. Be open minded

2. Obeying God is more important than what others think of you

3. Let the Lord use you

4. Be different in how you love and care for others

5. Do something for God right away