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Scripture Reference꞉ John 1꞉1-18 John talks about the coming of Jesus, who will be the true Light of the world. Question 1꞉ What does it mean to you personally that Jesus is Word? Creator? Life? Question 2꞉ Some have a hard time grasping the idea that Jesus is God. What has helped you understand, receive, or accept that idea? Question 3꞉ If we truly understood what it means to be a child of God, how might that change our behavior?
Scripture Reference꞉ Luke 1꞉5-25 An angel visits Zechariah. Question 1꞉ In what ways do you find it surprising that Zechariah, a priest, was unsure when the angel told him his wife Elizabeth would have a son? Question 2꞉ Zechariah’s prayer was heard. How can we know that our prayers are heard? Question 3꞉ How can your family, church, and friends show that they believe and trust in what God says?
Scripture Reference꞉ Luke 1꞉26-38 An angel visits Mary. Question 1꞉ What do you think were some of the very real consequences Mary had to deal with due to this miraculous conception? Question 2꞉ What causes you to believe that Jesus really was born of a virgin? What evidence is there for such a belief? Question 3꞉ In your community, what would people think and say about a woman who was pregnant without being married, especially if she were known to be a Christian?
Scripture Reference꞉ Luke 1꞉39-56 Mary goes to visit Zechariah's wife, Elizabeth. Question 1꞉ What would your neighbors think about a 60 year old pregnant woman shouting about the pregnancy of her teenage relative? Question 2꞉ What specifically excites you about the pregnancies of Elizabeth and Mary? Question 3꞉ Mary was confident that God would use her to present Jesus as Savior of the world. What makes you confident that God can use you to do the same?
Scripture Reference꞉ Luke 1꞉57-80 Zechariah and Elizabeth name their son John. Question 1꞉ How are names for newborn babies chosen and who chooses them where you live? Question 2꞉ It was John’s mission to prepare the people of his day to receive Jesus. What do you understand is your mission as a Christian today? Question 3꞉ How does John’s ministry impact the church today?
Scripture Reference꞉ Matthew 1꞉18-25 An angel tells Joseph that Mary's pregnancy is God's will. Question 1꞉ What would be your response if your fiancée was found to be pregnant and you were not the father? Question 2꞉ Do you think God still uses dreams to communicate? Why? Why not? Question 3꞉ What does Joseph’s obedience to God in these unusual circumstances teach us about our own obedience even when we don’t fully understand?