LUKE PREPARES US FOR CHRISTMAS

5 Week Christmas Series

 

LUKE PREPARES US FOR CHRISTMAS

 

WEEK #1 - RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE

Luke 1:5-25

 

Zacharias and Elizabeth were righteous people (Vs. 6).  They teach those of us who are righteous in Christ some very important lessons.

 

RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE DO NOT LIVE IN IDEAL SITUATIONS - Vss. 5-7

They were righteous, but still suffered from not being able to have children.

 

RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE ENJOY GOD'S PERFECT TIMING - Vss. 8-10

John the Baptist would arrive in God's perfect time.

Zacharias took his turn in the temple at God's perfect time.  It is possible that this was the only time that Zacharias ever had this assignment.

 

RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED BY GOD - Vss. 11-17

Zacharias was given a tremendous promise of a son who would be the forerunner to the Messiah.

God often surprises us with special blessings and responsibilities.

 

RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE ARE NOT PERFECT - Vs. 18

Zacharias doubted Gabriel's promise.

 

RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE ARE DISCIPLINED BY GOD - Vss. 19-22

Zacharias was silenced because of his doubt.

 

RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE RECEIVE THE FULLNESS OF GOD'S PROMISES - Vss. 23-25

Elizabeth became pregnant.

 

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WEEK #2 - MESSENGER SERVICE

Luke 1:26-38

 

GABRIEL'S DESTINATION - Vss. 26-27

 

GABRIEL'S DECLARATION - Vs. 28-33

Mary would be mother of the Messiah.

 

GABRIEL'S DESCRIPTION - Vss. 34-37

Gabriel described how Mary could become pregnant without having sexual relationship with a man.

 

GABRIEL'S DELIGHT - Vs. 38

Gabriel had witnessed Zachariah's unbelief (Vs. 18). He must have been delighted with Mary's simple faith.

 

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WEEK #3 - MARY'S SONG

Luke 1:39-56

 

Mary had just been told that she would be the mother of the Messiah.

She decided to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist.

 

AFFIRMATION THROUGH ELIZABETH - Vss. 39-45

The words of Elizabeth confirmed the message of Gabriel.

 

APPRECIATION BY MARY - Vss. 46-50

Mary gave a statement of praise.

 

ACTION BY GOD - Vss. 51-56

Mary talked of God's activity in behalf of Israel.

 

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WEEK #4 - EXCITEMENT IN THE HILLS

Luke 1:57-79

 

Zacharias and Elizabeth lived in the hill country of Judah. When John the Baptist was born there was excitement in the hills.

 

A CELEBRATION - Vss. 57-58

 

A CONTROVERSY - Vss. 59-63

 

A CONFIRMATION - Vss. 64-66

 

A CONCERT - Vss. 67-79

Praise - Vss. 67-69

Promise - Vss. 70-75

Prediction (Prophecy) - Vss. 76-79

 

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WEEK #5 - BLESSING IN BETHLEHEM

TEXT - Luke 2:1-20

 

MOVEMENT TO BETHLEHEM - Vss. 1-5

MOMENT OF BIRTH - Vss. 6-7

MARVEL OF ANNOUNCEMENT - Vss. 8-14

METHOD OF CELEBRATION - Vss. 15-20

 

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