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I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: Who's in charge here?


Icebreaker:
Who was in charge at your childhood home? Mom? Dad? Grandma?
How are chores divided in your home?

Overview:
In the movie, The Santa Clause,” actor Tim Allen dons a Santa suit and magically appears at the North Pole. He asks the elves, “Who’s in charge here?” and they reply, “You are!” The new Santa is totally overwhelmed by his expanding responsibilities and waistline.

The true measure of leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. – John Maxwell

Mary’s betrothed, Joseph, found himself in an extremely difficult situation. After careful consideration, he decided on a plan to quietly break his engagement to Mary and let her deal with the unexpected pregnancy alone. God had a different plan for Joseph. An angel appeared in a dream to tell Joseph he was in charge and what his responsibilities would be concerning his new wife and son.

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him. – Matthew 1:24 ESV

Discussion:

Read Matthew 1:18-25.

Why did God choose Joseph?

How hard was this assignment for Joseph?

How did Joseph demonstrate obedience to God?

What would Jesus learn in Joseph’s home?

What is influence?

Why is influence a measure of leadership?

How does Joseph’s life influence you?


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