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She Speaks - Part 2

Mary is probably the most famous woman in all of scripture. Her life stands as a great example to us of grace and humility. As a young unwed teenage woman, she had a lot of reasons to fear and worry after the angel came to her and announced that she would be the mother of the Lord Jesus. But Mary chose to surrender to the will of God and to remember his past faithfulness rather than worry.

Series: She Speaks… Mary (the mother of Jesus)

Text:

Luke 1:26-38

Luke 1:46-55

Prov. 3:34

Isaiah 66:2

James 4:10

Big Ideas:

* Mary was not a perpetual virgin… she did not remain a virgin her whole life.

* Mary was not sinless… Jesus was her savior as well.

* Mary was not/Is not a dispenser of grace… she does not save anyone.

* Mary is not a mediator between God and man (I Tim. 2:5)

* Mary is not Devine… she’s not omnipresent or omniscient in any way.

* Mary was a remarkable young woman who surrendered her life to the will of God.

* Rather than being filled with anxiety and worry, Mary remembered the faithfulness of God in the past.

* Rather than becoming prideful and arrogant because she was chosen, she remained humble.

Questions:

1. What was most interesting or encouraging to you about the sermon this week?

2. What was most challenging to you about the sermon this week?

3. Read Luke 1:38. Mary is a remarkable example of someone who surrendered her life to the will of God. What does it mean to surrender your life to the Lord, or to surrender to his will? Can you think of an example in your life where you’ve done that?

4. What do you tend to worry about most in your life? How can we combat worry and anxiety in our lives?

5. Rather than becoming prideful because God chose her, Mary remained humble. Read Prov. 3:34, Isaiah 66:2, and James 4:10. It’s seams clear that God loves humility in his people. With that in mind, what are some keys to remaining humble as a follower of Jesus?

6. Mary’s Magnificat is a song of remembering God’s past faithfulness. The action step this week was to take some time and write down some specific ways that God has shown His faithfulness to you in the past. End your time together with your group by allowing everyone who’s willing to mention one way God has proven himself faithful in their life. (It can be something simple like… He has always protected me, or provided for me, or blessed me in some way… or it could be a more specific story of how God has done something for you).

She Speaks - Part 1

Text:  

Luke 2:36-38

Big Ideas:

* Although we don’t have much info from scripture on Anna, we can learn a lot form the info we do have.  In just 3 short verses we can learn a great deal from this faithful elderly widow.  

* Anna was prophetess.  She was a woman who knew the word of God and faithfully proclaimed the word of God to others.

* Anna was a widow.  Her life wan’t easy.  She lost her husband after only 7 years of marriage and never remarried. As a widow, she most likely lived a difficult life in extreme poverty.  

* Anna did not depart from the Temple.  Despite her difficult circumstances she trusted God and served His people.

* Anna had a hunger for the Lord.  For more than 60 years she worshipped, fasted, and prayed regularly.  

* Anna was full of praise and thanksgiving after seeing Jesus.

* Anna spoke of Christ to others and became one of the first witnesses (evangelist) to who he was.  

Questions:

1.  What was most interesting or encouraging to you about the sermon this week?

2.  What was most challenging to you about the sermon this week?

3.  Who is the most spiritually influential woman in your life?  How has she influenced you to be a more faithful follower of Jesus?

4.  Read Luke 2:36-38.  What stands out to you most about Anna’s life?  In what ways does she challenge you in your spiritual journey?

5.  Verse 38 says that Anna “spoke of Him (Christ) to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.”  How can we “speak of Christ” more in our conversations with others?  

This is Us - Part 4

As believers, we are recipients of God's generosity to us through His son Jesus. As such, we should be the most generous people in the world. In order to be generous we must understand that we are not owners of anything, but stewards. So the questions becomes, how do we steward well and invest in God's kingdom?

ACTION STEP: Read Matt. 6:21. Take a close look at your budget this week and make a commitment to regularly invest in God's kingdom.

Text:

Luke 12:13–21, Matthew 25:14–29

Big Ideas:

* Roughly 25% of Jesus’ teaching was about money, possessions, finances, etc...

* Giving is not really a money issue, it’s a heart issue (Matt. 6:21).

* When it comes to giving, it’s not what God wants from you, it’s what God wants for

you.

* Everything Jesus says about money is built upon the foundation that we’re not owners

of anything, but stewards.

* We steward well through generosity rather than hoarding.

* We steward well through investment rather than protecting.

Questions:

1. What was most interesting or encouraging to you about the sermon this week?

2. What was most challenging to you about the sermon this week?

3. If we can agree that we’re called to be generous, what are some obstacles to

generosity that we need to be aware of and avoid?

4. Read Luke 12:13–21. What does it mean to be rich toward God? What are some ways

we can do that?

5. Read Matthew 25:14–29. As the parable begins (v. 15) says that the master gave

talents “to each according to his ability.” What does this mean? What can we learn

from this? How can we increase our “ability” when it comes to stewarding money?

6. The action step this week was to take a look at your budget and make a commitment

to regularly invest in God’s kingdom. Have you had a chance to do this? How do you

regularly invest in God’s kingdom?

This is Us - Part 3

As believers, we are recipients of God's generosity to us through His son Jesus. As such, we should be the most generous people in the world. In order to be generous we must understand that we are not owners of anything, but stewards. So the questions becomes, how do we steward well and invest in God's kingdom?

ACTION STEP: Read Matt. 6:21. Take a close look at your budget this week and make a commitment to regularly invest in God's kingdom.

Text:

Luke 12:13–21, Matthew 25:14–29

Big Ideas:

* Roughly 25% of Jesus’ teaching was about money, possessions, finances, etc...

* Giving is not really a money issue, it’s a heart issue (Matt. 6:21).

* When it comes to giving, it’s not what God wants from you, it’s what God wants for

you.

* Everything Jesus says about money is built upon the foundation that we’re not owners

of anything, but stewards.

* We steward well through generosity rather than hoarding.

* We steward well through investment rather than protecting.

Questions:

1. What was most interesting or encouraging to you about the sermon this week?

2. What was most challenging to you about the sermon this week?

3. If we can agree that we’re called to be generous, what are some obstacles to

generosity that we need to be aware of and avoid?

4. Read Luke 12:13–21. What does it mean to be rich toward God? What are some ways

we can do that?

5. Read Matthew 25:14–29. As the parable begins (v. 15) says that the master gave

talents “to each according to his ability.” What does this mean? What can we learn

from this? How can we increase our “ability” when it comes to stewarding money?

6. The action step this week was to take a look at your budget and make a commitment

to regularly invest in God’s kingdom. Have you had a chance to do this? How do you

regularly invest in God’s kingdom?