"A Personal Christmas" - Luke 1:26-38

STUDY QUESTIONS

  1. Why is it significant that God sent Gabriel His Archangel to Mary?  In what ways is this encounter very personal?
  2. In what ways is the Angels conversation with Mary similar to the conversation the Angel has with Joseph in Matthew 1: 18- 25?  In what ways are the conversations different?
  3. What do we learn about God's knowledge of Mary from the intimate detail about her life and her relationship with Joseph?  What are those details?
  4. How did the angel greet Mary and why do you think it perplexed Mary so?
  5. How does Mary respond to the angels greeting?  How do you think you would have responded if an angel of God gave you the same greeting?
  6. What does it mean that Mary had found favor with God? 
  7. How does one find favor with God?  Check out Hebrews 11.
  8. What do all of the individuals listed in Hebrews 11 have in common with Mary?
  9. In what way is God going to use Mary as an instrument of His will?  What is that will (purpose)?  In what way is God still using individuals as instruments of His will today?
  10. How does Mary respond to Gabriel's declaration?  How does her response demonstrate her humanity?  Her humility?
  11. How does Gabriel answer Mary's question?  In what way is the foundation of his answers to Mary rest on the same foundation of the answer God gives us today?
  12. What does it mean "the Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you"? Discuss this with Genesis 1 and 2 in mind.
  13. What is the reason given in verse 35 that Jesus will be called the Son of God?
  14. Why do you think the angel shared the news about Elizabeth with Mary?
  15. What does it mean "nothing is impossible with God"?  In what way is this the bedrock of our faith and obedience?
  16. How does Mary ultimately respond to God's will delivered through the Archangel Gabriel?
  17.  In what way does her response tell us much about why she found favor with God?  Why God chose to use her?
  18. What have you learned from this account about God and His willingness to use you?  How is God still inviting each of us to fulfill His will and deliver His blessing of salvation? Reflect on Matt. 28: 18-20; Acts 1:8; Isa. 6:8; John 15:7; Romans10:15.
  19. How are you going to apply what God has given you through this passage?
Benjamin Steiner