129: The Nativity; New Testament Lesson 3

January 17, 2015

Engaging Gospel Doctrine

“Unto You Is Born … a Saviour”


Class Member Reading: Luke 2; Matthew 2

Scripture Chain: Isaiah 9:6; Helaman 14:1–8; 1 Nephi 11:13–21; Luke 2:7–14

Other Reading: None


The Nativity story is so well known that we can fail to appreciate the way Luke and Matthew’s stories are different. This episode will cover:

  1. Sunday School
    1. Appreciation for the birth of Christ
    2. What does the birth of Jesus/a Savior symbolize and mean in our lives?
    3. What do we make of the nativity stories in a Sunday School context?
      1. Appreciation for Matthew’s story
      2. Appreciation for Luke’s story
    4. How can we follow the example of Jesus in increasing in wisdom, stature, favor with God, favor with our fellow humans?
    5. Conclusion I
  2. Scripture Study
    1. Return to the Reading
    2. When did Jesus become God’s son?
  3. Study Notes
    1. How can we appreciate the birth narratives even if they are not historical?
    2. What did Jesus know when?
    3. What does it mean to be a “child of God”?


Jody and Colby discuss.


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).



Comparison of the birth narratives