Does the "virgin birth" of Jesus really matter?

Over the years I've been asked a number of times if someone can be a Christian if they don't believe in some particular doctrine, one of those being the virgin birth of Jesus.  Interesting question ... but I'm not sure it's really the right question.  Why is it we're always looking to see what we can get away with rather than what is required of us?  This Sunday we will explore the issue of the virgin birth of Jesus as we study Luke 1:26-35.  Please read this passage and come ready to enjoy the abundant grace that is found only in Jesus Christ.

We will be lighting the 3rd candle on the advent wreath - the light of the shepherds.  Talk to your children this week about why they think the amazing news of Jesus' birth was announced to lowly shepherds in the field rather than to royalty in the palace. 

I'm sure you're aware that the Christmas season offers a great opportunity for you to talk with family, friends, co-workers, classmates, neighbors, etc. about the gospel of Jesus Christ.  If for no other reason, they don't want to be thought of as being a Scrooge or Grinch!  Most everyone in our circle of relationships is willing to discuss spiritual matters during Christmastime.  Let's be sure and take advantage of the many opportunities that are, and will be, presented to us on a daily basis.  Let's ask God to fill us with His Spirit and give us grace and boldness to speak with folks about Jesus.  If nothing else, we can surely invite them to worship with us one Sunday morning or join us for the Christmas Eve service (5:30 pm).  We have a mission to make sure as many as possible hear the good news about our Redeemer and Savior, Jesus Christ.