Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lesson 25 - Responding to Life's Turning Points

Lesson 25 – Responding to Life’s Turning Points

What meant the most to you from this chapter or helped you think more accurately about God’s character and the truth of His Word?  What offered you the greatest challenge or blessing, and why?

Turning Points
Can you think of any “turning points” in your life?  What happened, and how has your life changed as a result?

Accepting God’s Will
Read Luke 1:26-38.  Describe Mary’s turning point.

Why did God choose to use Mary’s life in this way?

What was Mary’s one-and-only question?

How did the angel Gabriel ultimately answer Marys’ question and address the miracle of Elizabeth’s pregnancy?

How did Mary indicate her acceptance of God’s will for her life?

The Mentality of a Handmaiden
Write out Mary’s reply to Gabriel’s announcement in verse 38.

What impresses you most about it?

Describe the role and attitude of a handmaiden as pictured in Psalm 123:2.

Is yours the heart and mind of a handmaiden?  Have you ever uttered something like Mary’s incredible words of acceptance in Luke 1:38 when a turning point arrived?  Why or why not?

A Knowledge of God
Read Luke 1:46-55, and list some of the facts about God that Mary articulated.

To learn even more about the person and character of God, read Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 2:1-10.  List some additional facts about God that Hannah expressed.

How does Mary’s knowledge of God speak to you and your own mysterious life situations?

The Depth of the Riches of God
Read Romans 11:33-36.  List some of the facts about “the riches of God” contained in Paul’s glorious “doxology.”

Loving God…Even More
Read this section in your book again.  As you consider the contents of this chapter and God’s amazing love for you, what can you do this week, in obedience to Christ…

…to live out God’s plan?         …to trust God’s promise?        …to love God with all your mind?

God has a destiny and a hope for you..

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