May 13 - Let It Be To Me According to Your Word (Luke 1:26-38)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
We will continue with our new members class this coming Sunday at 10:00am in the Choir Room. This is for those who are interested in learning more about our understanding of church membership. Please pray that the teaching would be helpful for those who are considering joining Christ Covenant Church.
Nik Lingle will resume the teaching for the Talking Points class at 10:00am in the youth room. This class briefly addresses a variety of current issues in our society, applying a Christian worldview to each of these topics. This week we will discuss transgenderism.
The Theology of Vocation class is being offered again in Adult 1 at 10:00am. All are welcome to join us as we think about vocation and how God works through human beings.
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.
This Sunday we will take a break from our series on the minor prophets and instead, we will consider some lessons we can glean from the life of one of the most recognizable mothers in all Scripture – Mary, the mother of Jesus. Specifically, we will look at the conversation that took place between her and the angel Gabriel when he was sent by God to deliver the message to Mary that she will be the mother of the long-awaited messiah. The account is so quick and concise that we could fail to appreciate just how difficult the situation Mary faced was. Yet, she faced it with a humble trust and submission to God’s will that makes her an exemplary model of Christian behavior that believers should emulate. And through it all, it was God who equipped her with everything she needed to endure some of the most difficult trials that any woman or mother can experience.
Review and Apply
It would seem that some believers don’t look to Mary as a model of submission and exemplary Christian behavior as much as they should. Why do you think this is so? Do you find this true in your own Christian walk?
Have you ever been asked to do something for God’s sake that you knew in advance would be costly?
Consider what Mary went through as a mother from the time of Gabriel’s visit all the way to her witnessing Jesus crucified. Reflect on God’s grace on her life, equipping her with all she needed spiritually to endure some of the most difficult trials that a mother could face.
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