HOW DID WE SEE GOD THIS WEEK?

What victories can we celebrate?

What challenges did we encounter?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy– the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Recall from Sunday:

The Father gives undeserved grace (Luke 1:26-31) to begin an unending kingdom through His Son (1:32-33) by the unexpected power of the Spirit (1:34-38)

Reflect:

What are the most significant notes you took during the sermon?

What did you learn about God and his plans for us from the Bible passage?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

God showed Mary favor (1:28, 30), even though Mary is a nobody in the eyes of the world. Do you think God favors you? Why or why not?

God passes his promise to David on to Jesus to build an everlasting kingdom (1:32-33). Where do you see that kingdom breaking in today? What’s your role in God’s kingdom?

God’s gracious gift to Mary is a miraculous baby, but this nearly cost Mary her marriage to Joseph and could have covered her in public disgrace. Mary didn’t ask or hope for this, but God designed this process for his kingdom to break through. What challenges has God allowed into your life that aren’t your fault? How might God use them for his kingdom?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

Mary’s response to God’s challenging gift is total submission (1:38). As you identify challenges God has allowed in your life, work together to help each other submit to God’s plans for you. Ask God to use the good and the bad for his kingdom’s sake.