Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 5
March 6, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<137> Thesis: The "militancy" of "love" is a non-negotiable. Introduction: We have been looking into the "shepherd" story of Luke 2:8-20 under the thesis that it is a revelation of how "great joy" is to be our experience in light of the realities of the daily explosions of sin and death. We have seen several fundamental principles as we have moved through this paragraph. Without repeating them, let me just say that the climax of the angelic visitation, which is given in 2:13-14, provides us with a kind of "capstone" for the entire question of "great joy" in the midst of enormous evil. So, this morning we are going to look into the shepherds' experience of the host of heaven so that we may learn of this "great joy".