12-15-2018

12-015&16-2018
Dr. E. Dale Locke
Series:  Home for Christmas

Week 3:  12-15-2018 House Calls

  1. Fill in the blanks as you review our memory verse for this series.

John 1:14 (NIV) – The Word became _____ and made his ________ among us. We have seen his _____, the glory of the one and ____ Son, who came from the ______, full of _____ and _____.

  1. Read this same passage from Eugene Peterson’s translation from Greek, John 1:14 (Message) – The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes,the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

Does this translation shed new light on this verse and its meaning for you? Share your thoughts.

  1. Read Ecclesiastes 3:11He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

What does it mean that “he has set eternity in the human heart”?

  1. Read Luke 1:26-3826 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee,27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

 

Dale read this quote from author and theologian Scot Mcknight about Mary, Jesus’ mother – There are two Marys. One wears a Carolina blue robe, exudes piety from a somber face, often holds her baby son in her arms, and barely makes eye contact with us. This is the familiar Blessed Virgin Mary, and she leads us to a Christmas celebration of quiet reflection.

Another Mary—the Blessed Valorous Mary—wears ordinary clothing and exudes hope from a confident face. This Mary utters poetry fit for a political rally, goes toe-to-toe with Herod the Great, musters her motherliness to reprimand her Messiah-son for dallying at the temple, follows her faith to ask him to address a flagging wine supply at a wedding, and then finds the feistiness to take her children to Capernaum to rescue Jesus from death threats. This Mary followed Jesus all the way to the Cross—not just as a mother, but as a disciple, even after his closest followers deserted him. She leads us to a Christmas marked by a yearning for justice and the courage to fight for it. Like other women of her time, she may have worn a robe and a veil, but I suspect her sleeves were rolled up and her veil askew more often than not.”

  1. Talk with your small group about how you have viewed Mary in your faith journey.

Mary – The Way-Maker for Redemptive Potential for all of us!

  • She had a Willingness
  1. Read Luke 1:28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Now read: Luke 1:38“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

What in these verses indicate Mary’s willingness to be used of God? Why do you think Mary was ‘highly favored’?

  1. Read Ephesians 2:8-10For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

What ‘good works’ do you sense God has prepared for you to do? Are you willing to do it?

  • She had Patience
  1. Read Luke 1:31-3431 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”                                                                                                                   34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

 

Can you tell from this scripture if Mary knew ALL that God would call on her to do? How did her patience show itself, given these ‘highlights’ of Jesus’ life revealed to her by the angel?

What assignment from God that you don’t know everything about do you need patience for?

  • Her Dependence on God
  1. Read Luke 1:35-3735 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

What evidence is there in Mary’s encounter with the angel that she knew she was dependent on God?

Celebrate Recovery is a program that meets here at COH West every Monday night. “CR”, as it’s called, uses principles to help people gain freedom from their hurts, habits and hang-ups.

Principle 1: Realize I am not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable

  1. Why do you think this principle is called the “Reality Step”?

CR’s 2nd step, or principle states: Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover.

  1. Why do you think this principle is called the “Hope Step?
  2. In what areas of your life do you need to enlist these principles so that you can begin to be used by God as a Way-Maker, like Mary?

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