(Luke 1:26b-32a ERV) God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin girl who lived in Nazareth, a town in Galilee. (27)She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph from the family of David. Her name was Mary. (28)The angel came to her and said, “Greetings! The Lord is with you; you are very special to him.”(29)But Mary was very confused about what the angel said. She wondered, “What does this mean?”(30)The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, because God is very pleased with you. (31)Listen! You will become pregnant and have a baby boy. You will name him Jesus. (32)He will be great. People will call him the Son of the Most High God, and the Lord God will make him king
(Luke 1:34-38 ERV) Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen? I am still a virgin.”(35)The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come to you, and the power of the Most High God will cover you. The baby will be holy and will be called the Son of God.(36)And here’s something else: Your relative Elizabeth is pregnant. She is very old, but she is going to have a son. Everyone thought she could not have a baby, but she has been pregnant now for six months.(37)God can do anything!”(38)Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let this thing you have said happen to me!” Then the angel went away.
Heart of A Servant
(Luke 1:39,41-45 ERV) Mary got up and went quickly to a town in the hill country of Judea.(41) When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the unborn baby inside her jumped, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit.(42)In a loud voice she said to Mary, “God has blessed you more than any other woman. And God has blessed the baby you will have.(43)You are the mother of my Lord, and you have come to me! Why has something so good happened to me?(44)When I heard your voice, the baby inside me jumped with joy.(45)Great blessings are yours because you believed what the Lord said to you! You believed this would happen.”
(Luke 17:33 ERV) “Whoever tries to keep the life they have will lose it. But whoever gives up their life will save it.
Let this thing you have said happen to me!
(Roman 8:8 ERV) Those who are ruled by their sinful selves cannot please God.
(Philippians 2:1-4 ERV) Think about what we have in Christ: the encouragement he has brought us,the comfort of his love, our sharing in his Spirit,and the mercy and kindness he has shown us.If you enjoy these blessings, (2)then do what will make my joy complete: Agree with each other, and show your love for each other. Be united in your goals and in the way you think.(3)In whatever you do,don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide.Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves.(4)Don’t be interested only in your own life,but care about the lives of others too.
(Mark 10:44 ERV) Whoever wants to be first must serve the rest of you like a slave.
Lifegroup Questions and Prayer
- What can you learn from Mary’s heart?
- What is God calling you to now?
- Let’s pray.