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in Luke

Luke 1:46-55 - December 15th 2017

Mary’s Song of Praise

Read Luke 1:46-55

  1. How does Mary describe God in this song of praise? (Look at names, titles, and descriptions)
  2. Why does Mary praise God? What has God done for her?
  3. How has God treated different kinds of people in this song?
  4. Why does God treat them differently?
    1. What is God’s posture towards different people any why? (Look for repeated words, ideas, or themes)
  5. Why has God acted to help Israel?
  6. How does that relate to us as the church? (Consider Gen. 12:1-3 - Abrahamic Covenant, and Gal. 3:27-29)
  7. How does the birth of Jesus show God’s mercy to us?

Application:

  1. What does Mary model for us?
  2. What kind of people does the Lord bless?
    1. How can we cultivate this?
  3. What kind of people does the Lord oppose?
    1. How can we fight this?

 

in Mark

Mark 5:21-43 - December 8th 2017

Jesus has life-giving power

Read Mark 5:21-43

  1. Describe the opening scene of this passage
  2. Who comes to Jesus? What does he want?
  3. What happens on the way to the house?
  4. How is the woman healed?
    1. How does Jesus explain what has happened?
  5. What news does the ruler of the synagogue receive in the meantime? How does Jesus respond?
    1. How do the crowds at the house respond to what Jesus says?
  6. What does Jesus do?
  7. How does the passage conclude? Why does Jesus tell the family not to tell anyone about this?
  8. What is the relationship between the two stories?

Application:

  1. What do these stories tell us about Jesus’ authority?
  2. What is the role of faith in these stories? How should that affect the way we think about our own faith?
  3. What kind of people does Jesus care for? What does this teach us about who we, as Jesus’ followers, should care for?
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