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Great Expectations: LIFEgroup Questions from Luke 1

What is the most unbelievable experience you have ever had? Would you want to do it again? Why or why not?

Read Luke 1:26-35.

Have different group members tell what is (in their minds) the most unbelievable part of this story.

Read verse 29. Why do you think Mary was troubled/confused? What do you think were the thoughts racing through her head?

Time-Out for Doctrine: (More about Mary in a minute) Why do you think it was important that Jesus was born through a normal pregnancy? Why do you think it was important that He was born from a virgin? (warning: these issues have been debated by theologians for centuries!)

If you were Mary, what is the first thing you would have done when the angel left? Why?

What difficulties can you imagine Mary faced during her pregnancy (check out Matthew 1:18-19)?

If God sent an angel to you to deliver a message that you were about to enter a 9 month trial which would be worse than anything you'd ever been through, how would you respond?

Read Mary's response in Luke 1:38.

Mary begins her response by calling herself the servant of the Lord. What do you think it means for someone to be the servant of the Lord? How can we live as servants of the Lord?

Mary's response is, "Let it be..." or "May it happen". Why do you think Mary was willing to give up control of her life?

We all know that God desires to have control of our lives. How do some people avoid giving God control of their lives?

What areas of control in your life do you need to hand over to God? How can this group help you?


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