Sunday School Material 12-4-16: God Promises a Savior

(Luke 1:26-38; 12/4/16)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God sent word that Mary would give birth to Jesus. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live as if we appreciate God sending Jesus as our Savior and Lord.

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Read Luke 1:26-32

I. Hearing God’s Plan. Elizabeth is six months pregnant. In our Sunday School material God sent Gabriel to Mary to tell her that she too will have a child. After addressing her alarm, the angel tells her about God’s plans for her soon to come Son – Jesus.

Applications –

- Being sent to Nazareth. Notice in vs. 1 that God sent Gabriel to Nazareth. First, as was the case with Gabriel, we should be sendable. We should be humble and capable enough to be sent to do what God wants done.

Think about how difficult it is to find trained discipled leaders in the church. Second, we should thank God for sending angels to places like Nazareth. This was a place that people had very low expectations for. But God has the last word.

Think about how this applies to low income neighborhoods and public school systems. Let’s work on being sendable and thankful that God does good work in the places that humans have low expectations for. 

- Mary’s example. Notice in vss. 27-30 the presentation of Mary. She is a virgin pledged in marriage. She is noted for being highly favored by the Lord. And she is called to trust God, in spite of her fear of the unknown.

First, the people of God should be concerned with sex being restricted to marriage. Men and women should be virgins before marriage. The church and family should work to this end.

Second, we may not be as highly favored as Mary, but our being saved and indwelt by the Holy Spirit means that we are highly favored as well. There are many troubles that will pass us by and many that we will be able to endure, before our eternal life with the Lord, all because we are highly favored by the Lord.

Third, we too are called to trust God, in spite of our fears. Some may fear the results of recent elections or a long list of “what might happens.” But God and His people are calling us to trust that the same God who brought us this far will keep on taking care of us. Let’s work on living by Mary’s example.

- God’s plans for our children and Jesus. Notice in vss. 31-33 of our Sunday School material that God had a plan for Mary’s baby.

First, God has plans for our children as well. We should do all that we can to help our children get saved and growing in the Lord, so they can be all that God has purposed for them to be. We should at least support, if not participate in, our children and youth ministries.

Second, Jesus is in a category all by Himself. If we really understand this, we should live accordingly (i.e., confident obedience). Let’s live like we believe that God has plans for our children and that Jesus is in a category all by Himself.

Read Luke 1:34-38

II. Trusting God’s Plan. In response to Mary’s question, In our Sunday School material Gabriel explains that her child will come as a result of the Holy Spirit coming over her. Elizabeth’s pregnancy is mentioned. Mary yields to the will of the Lord. The angel left her.

Applications –

- God’s mysterious ways. Notice in vss. 34-36 that God works in mysterious ways. We have no explanation for the Holy Spirit’s part in getting Mary pregnant, while she was pledged to Joseph for marriage that would satisfy human logic.

We have to put this on the “God works in mysterious ways” list. What we do know is that God’s ways are best for us. And we know that we can talk to God in prayer.

Let’s work on having the faith to accept God’s mysterious ways. Prayerfully studying the Bible with a mind to obey it and with the support of disciples can be helpful.

- God’s trustworthy word. Notice in vs. 37 of our Sunday School material that God’s word is trustworthy. It is easy to get church goers to say “amen” to this. However, the real measure of our believing this is found in our obedience.

Think about how we work on our jobs, because we believe they will pay on pay day. We slow down around state troopers, because we believe that they will pull us over. God promises to bless obedience and punish disobedience.

Let’s work on living like we believe that God’s word is trustworthy. Such living should be known for obedience with the expectation of blessings and the avoidance of sin, so we can avoid punishment.

- Servants/slaves of the Lord. Notice in vs. 38 that Mary identified herself as a servant/slave of the Lord. As believers, we should be servants/slaves of God. This includes serving the Lord with our God given gifts and passions.

This includes prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word for every area of our lives. The Bible is not just a church book. It is a life book. Let’s work on being obedience servants/slaves of the Lord.

Conclusion: Let’s work on living like we appreciate God sending Jesus as our Savior and Lord. God has much for those who obey His will.

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