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Summary: This sermon depicts the story from the shepherds point of view. The shepherds were chosen to promote the wonderment that happned on the starry Christmas night.

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Title: “Bethlehem’s Best - The Shepherds Story”

Theme: “The Christmas story from the shepherds

point of view”

Text: “Luke 2: 8 - 20”

I - The Shepherds & their Humble Vocation (8)

A) Nomadic Workmen “Their Many Fields”

B) Needful Watchmen “Their Mandated Flocks”

II - The Shepherds & their Holy Revelation (9/12)

A) Glowing Appearance of this Angel (9)

B) Gratifying Assurance of this Angel (10)

C) Glimmering Acquaintance of this Angel (11)

D) Guiding Assistance of this Angel (12)

III - The Shepherds & their Heavenly Congregation (13/14)

A) Words of Praise & Glory “Heavenly Acclamation”

B) Words of Peace & Goodness “Earthly Anticipation”

IV - The Shepherds & their Hasty Visitation (15/16)

A) Inward Desire that Impassioned Them (15)

B) Onward Destination that Impacted Them (16)

V - The Shepherds & their Heartfelt Proclamation (17/19)

A) Evident Proof “What they saw” (17a)

B) Eager Publication “What they shared” (17b)

C) Enriched People “What they studied” (18)

VI - The Shepherds & their Hearty Glorification (20)

A) Returned Visitation for their Sheep Fold

B) Raised Vocalization for their Supreme Find

Introduction:

In this awesome story we find one of the most stunning events to found in the entire bible. I honestly think that many never even give it a second thought, the events that happened outside the fields of Bethlehem.

On the night that God was going to proclaim the birth of his Son, the Savior of mankind, the Gift of Eternal Life, let us consider whom he chose to be his spokesman. In the fields outside of Bethlehem were various groups of ostracized shepherds.

Society had a distinct distaste for these men due to their occupation. The shepherds were men that had notorious reputations for pilfering and dipping into the coffers as they traveled from place to place.

The night was swiftly falling into place as God had previously planned it ages ago, but much more was needed than just allowing the babe to be born. The Lord would need someone to proclaim the birth of his son, whom would be chosen for this notable and most solemn task? If we were to travel down the road to Cesar’s palace we find many that felt worthy to proclaim the birth of God’s precious son.

In his divine wisdom God did not need famous people to proclaim the birth that was to change the order of the entire world. God did not deem it necessary to use notable media stars such as Larry King, Anderson Cooper, CNN, or Fox News. On this night he would chose Bethlehem’s Best, the shunned shepherds that were abiding in the fields attending to the needs of their flocks; these men would be his spokesman. In a manger within the city of Bethlehem the Lamb of God was about to be birthed, so God sent some shepherds to check upon him, that dear friend is Bethlehem’s Best.

I - The Shepherds & their Humble Vocation (8)

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”


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