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Learning from Luke: A New Kind of Prophet

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Luke 1:57-80

Do you ever get the sense that God is up to something, but you just don’t know what it is? You’re in good company! Old Testament Prophets were visited by the Spirit, and gave the Word of the Lord in response. John the Baptist was a prototype of the Christian life: indwelt by the Spirit. His main message: Get Ready, God’s About To Do SOMETHING…

If You’re Wondering What God is Doing, Ask:

What Prompts You To Praise?
Luke 1:57-66

  • v64 fulfillment of God’s promise leads to praise (cf. v20)
  • v66 Zechariah blesses God; people wonder about it

Where Do You See God’s Promise?
Luke 1:67-80

  • v67/68 “God has redeemed!” future echo of John’s message
  • v69/70 horn of salvation=authority to save?
  • v71/73 God keeps his covenant with us (even today)
  • v74/75 God enables us to serve Him in holiness
  • v76/77 the prophet tells of what God WILL do (ref. to Elijah)
  • v78/79 God’s mercy shines in our darkness to guide us

Notice verse 80: John grew, became strong in the Spirit, and waited for his call. That’s a good example for us, especially during Advent: wait, watch, and grow in God.

Learning from Luke: Soul Lifting

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Luke 1:46-56

The holidays can be a festive time for many, and an emotionally draining time for others. Amid the “ho ho ho” of surface merriment, it can be very challenging to minister to those suffering through the season.

How Do We Deal With Depression?

Remember God’s Choice; Respond With Praise
Luke 1:46-49

  • v46/47 Mary is ALL IN, “body and soul”
  • v48 “gazed with favor on low estate” God chose her, NOT because of how great she was
  • v49 but because of how great HE is

Remember God’s Actions; Respond With Amazement
Luke 1:50-56

  • v50 generational mercy (thinking about the baby?)
  • v51 applied mastery
  • v52 exalts the modest
  • v53 provides for the meager
  • v54/55 assists the minion

Closing thought from verse 56: notice how Mary stayed with Elizabeth. This was for MUTUAL SUPPORT; this is our opportunity and challenge as well – sustain support one for another during times like these. Let us be ALL IN with those who need us most.

Learning from Luke: The Son To Come

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Luke 1:26-38

In this section of Luke 1, Jesus’ birth is foretold to Mary. God sends an angel to give Mary a startling piece of news. Have you ever received something so startling, it rocked your worldview? Perhaps Mary can serve as an example to us all:

What Was True For Mary Is True For Us As Well:

The Lord Is With Us
Luke 1:26-33 Gabriel’s Announcement

  • v26/27 once again, notice the details; these ground us in reality
  • v28/29 of COURSE Mary was troubled; when visited by angels,
    most biblical instances show the human is startled
  • v30 “do not be afraid” – most angels say this;
    a VERY good reminder for us when we’re freaking out
  • v31/33 notice how this good news gets better and better as it goes along;
    a son, greatness, called Most High’s Son, David’s heir, reigning, unending kingdom

God Blesses Through Mystery
Luke 1:34-38 Mary’s Response

  • v34 Look how practical Mary is; ummm…
  • v35 this is NOT a description of a physical thing; it is a mystery; Mary does NOT get the “How” of things, just the WHO
  • v36/37 two miracles to notice: you will have a son,
    Elizabeth will have a son;
    (you do not have to go through this alone)
  • v38 simple surrender, even beyond what she can understand

Even though we would very much like God to explain everything to us, that just doesn’t happen. But we can take a cue from Mary’s response to the angel, and also say this to God: I am the Lord’s Servant.

Learning from Luke: Hope For the Herald

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Luke 1:1-25

Today, we start our study of the book of Luke. Luke is traditionally unique; out of the four Gospels, we’re given an introduction of the book by Luke himself. His account is a researched Gospel, an intentional document of hope for the original reader, Theophilus, and for us today.

What Is The Message of Hope For Today?

We Can Trust That God Knows What He’s Doing

  • Introduction
    • v1/4 Luke’s account gives us an investigated historical viewpoint
  • Setting
    • v5/7 notice the details; Luke gives them so we can specifically verify what he records

We Can Receive God’s Promise And Reassurance

  • Promise
    • v8/12 look for the reminder; Israel had not recorded an angelic visitation for a very long time
  • Q: What promise from God do you need to remember?
    • v13/17 look for the attribute; the child will be Nazirite (dedicated holiness),
    • filled with the Holy Spirit, and
    • invested with Elijah’s spirit and power (cf. 2 Kings 2:9-10)
  • Q: What indicators do you see that God keeps His promises?
  • Reassurance
    • v18/22 Zechariah’s silence is a sign
  • Q: What reassures you that God is still at work?

Notice that in verses 23-25, God answers prayers for HIS reasons (as well as ours).


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