Sermon: “Incredible Hope”
Scripture: Luke 1: 26-38
Speaker: Pastor Mick Whistler
Scripture and questions for study and reflection:
Read Luke 1:26-38.
1. Why do we call this season Advent and why is it such a celebration in the church every year? (Hint: Advent means “coming”)
2. How does The Annunciation (Gabriel’s announcement to Mary) give hope to the whole world?
3. The grown up’s message this week is titled Incredible Hope. The children’s message is titled Incredible Trust. How are hope and trust related? How do we see this relationship between hope and trust in Mary?
4. Mary trusted God, and that was enough for God to do something incredible in and through her. Do you think God wants to do incredible things in and through you too?
5. Super-heroes are all the rage in American pop culture these days. They are regular people with incredible gifts that give them incredible power to change lives, and even change the world. What gifts has God given you that might make you a hero to someone else? How are you using your gifts?
6. Do you believe that God can and will do incredible things in and through everyone who trusts in Him?
7. Have you asked God lately to show you what the next incredible thing is that he wants to do in and through you? If not, why? If so, what message did you receive?
Prayer for the Week:
O God our Father, you have brought us again to the glad season of Advent, when we anticipate and celebrate the birth of your Son Jesus Christ and his coming into our lives as our Lord. Grant that his spirit may be born anew in our hearts this day, that we may be filled with hope as we joyfully welcome him to reign in our lives. Open our ears that we may hear the angelic chorus of old. Open our lips that we, too, may sing his praises. Open our hearts that we may fully trust in Christ for our salvation, and then share this hope with others. Glory to God in the highest; and on earth, peace and goodwill toward all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.