08 Dec

Mary: A Model of Discipleship

Passage: Luke 1:26-38

Speaker: Patrick King

Advent is four weeks set aside for reflecting on the first coming of Jesus, as a baby born into the reality of the human condition. It is also a season of anticipation as we celebrate Jesus’s arrival as the newborn King and are filled with hope for the second advent, when the wrongs of this world will be made right. In Advent we remember the deep and costly peace God has come near to give to us as a gift. Join us this season for our Advent sermon series Wonder Full.

Community Group Discussion:

Opening Question

When is a time you received unexpected news? How did you respond?

Read Luke 1:26-38

  1. From the Scripture passage share something that surprises, encourages, or confuses you.
  2. Mary responded to the angel’s news thoughtfully with a question, gradually in a process, and with wonder. How have you experienced these responses to God and his word?
  3. How does Mary’s example shape your understanding of a faithful response to God? What does it mean for Mary to say, “I am your servant.”
  4. What are some of the ideas, relationships, and images that are competing for your attention this season? What ideas, relationships, and images would you like to fill you up this season?
  5. How might this prayer challenge, encourage or help you celebrate Advent? “Almighty and eternal God, draw our hearts to you, guide our minds, fill our imaginations, control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.” Book of Common Prayer, 832