The Blessing of Faith: Who is Jesus? S1 E4 Notes
Pastor Adam James
February 24th, 2019 Sermon Notes
Text: Luke 1:39-45 “Who is Jesus?”
Two Important & Impossible Pregnancies… How would they respond?
1. The Blessing of Christian Friendship/Community (v.39-40)
“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.”
- The power of Christian Friendship.
- Mary walked upwards of 100 miles to make it to Elizabeth. It would have taken 2-3 days to get there.
- These women were both eager for community.
- The interaction between Mary and Elizabeth looks much like when a new believer comes to faith.
- Blessing is poured out in the community of faith.
- Many people come to belong before they come to believe.
- Are you leaning into community?
- Reject isolation. Don’t settle for loneliness and independence.
2. The Blessing of Life in the Womb (v.41-44)
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”
- Luke uses the word “baby” twice in this section of scripture. It is the same word used to describe Jesus after he is born. (2:16)
- The Bible is very clear on the blessing of life in the womb.
- Luke clearly states there are four people in this section of the story: Two pregnant women and two babies. The unborn have a name, a calling, a purpose, can experience “joy” and even be filled with the Spirit.
- Elizabeth calls Jesus Lord when he is only 3 days conceived in the womb.
- Jesus enters into the story of life at every age and stage of human development.
- Abortion is the sin of murder, (heavy news), but the Good News is that there is grace, mercy, forgiveness and healing in Jesus Christ.
- No one has clean hands… We all contributed to the premature death of Jesus. - - We all need repentance, forgiveness, and grace.
- Grace City is not a place of shame or self-righteousness, but a place of grace, healing, & freedom through the Cross of Jesus. Life for life. He is our substitute and salvation.
- There are resources available in the Wenatchee Valley to come alongside those dealing with the pain of a past abortion, go to LifeChoicesWenatchee.org
3. The Blessing of Faith (v.45)
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
When we take God at his Word, that is a life that is blessed.
God’s promises become His accomplishments.
God does what He says He will do.
God always fulfills his Word.
The Proper Response to Jesus is Faith and Worship.
Like Mary… Let us run to the community of faith.
Like John... Let us leap for joy as we meet Jesus.
Like Elizabeth... Let us be filled with the Spirit, recognize and worship Jesus as Lord, nurture the faith of others and speak blessing over those we meet.
Like those Jesus came to save... Let us come to Him for forgiveness, grace and mercy and let us worship Him as Lord.
Getting to Know Me
1. When you were a kid, what was your favorite thing to do after a new snow? Build a snowman? Make a snow fort? Make snow angels?
2. When difficult times or situations come, do you tend to quickly go to friends and family for counsel and support or do you tend to withdraw when you face difficulties? What about when you receive good news?
Into the Bible
Read Psalm 139:13-16.
3. Discuss the idea that God Himself knit His son, Jesus, together in Mary’s womb. Have you ever considered the fact that God knit Jesus together in the same way he knits every child together in their mother’s womb? What implication does this idea have on life in the womb?
4. Jesus entered into the story of life at every age and stage of human development. Discuss how these verses illuminate how God values life at every age and stage, no matter young or old.
5. What was your main takeaway from Pastor Adam’s sermon? How were you impacted/encouraged? Did you have an “ah-ha” moment or realize something new for the first time?
6. Which of the “3 Blessings” stood out to you most?
7. How do the ideas in these verses in Luke help us know how to respond to and help those who have been hurt by and are hurting from the sin of abortion?
8. Of the four responses to Jesus at the end of the sermon, which one do you think need to exercise currently?
9. What blessings/benefits have you received/experienced in Christian community? What is an action step for you in the area of friendship/community?
10. Where in your life do you feel God calling you to exercise faith and take Him at His word?