December 29, 2019

Luke 1:25-56 She Went With Haste: Mary's Magnificat

Series: Faithful to the Core - 2019 Topic: Exposition Passage: Luke 1:26– :56

Luke 1:25-56 She Went With Haste: Mary's Magnificat

Let it be to me according to your word (vv. 26-38)

Why are you here? (vv. 39-45)

Because I had to tell someone (vv. 46-56)


Engage the Self:

  • Reflect on your own life, your relationships, your finances, your hopes and dreams, where do you sense an absence of hope and peace, and what are some of the events that led you there? What would it look like for there to be peace and wholeness in those areas of your life?

Engage the Text:

  • Consider vv. 51-55 of Mary’s Magnificat, how she presents the proud versus the humble and the poor versus the rich. Does this passage bring you comfort and encouragement or is it unsettling? Explain and be honest; there ought to be a little bit of both.
  • Mary responds to the angel Gabriel in verse 38 saying, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word”. What might be the implications of her response, especially considering her age, socio-economic standing, and betrothal? What does this say about her character, and how does her response challenge you in your own circumstances?

Engage the World:

  • Mary’s song begins with herself, and it then expands to Israel and ultimately to the world. How might her prophetic voice against the powers and principalities shape your own understanding of what it means to engage the brokenness in central Jersey and to the uttermost parts of the earth?
  • We spoke about the necessity of disruption and pain that comes before peace. How, where and with whom is God calling you to step into the pain so that peace might come? How can others come alongside you as you take this step of faith as an agent of hope and peace? 

other sermons in this series

Feb 3


Thoughtfully Engaged: Out of Many, One

Speaker: Passage: John 17:20–26, Galatians 3:28, Ephesians 4:1–6, Revelation 7:9–10 Series: Faithful to the Core - 2019

Jan 27


Jan 20


Missional Hospitality

Speaker: Scott C. Jones Passage: Romans 15:5–7 Series: Faithful to the Core - 2019