What are some epic dreams you have for your life? (Which ones are you still holding on to and which ones have you given up hope on?)
Be honest. Has there been a time when you felt God, “owed” you for righteous living or for a great sacrifice you made in His name? Explain.
Luke 1:6 describes Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth as, “righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly”, yet verse 7 says “...they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.” How is it that this “perfect godly” couple who loved and served God faithfully are missing out on what could easily be considered the greatest blessing one could have in a marriage? Shouldn’t good behavior and obedience result in blessings in one’s life?
Why do you think God chose this particular time, place and manner, (verse 8-11) to give Zechariah the announcement? Why the dramatic appearance? What does this tell you about God?
Zechariah was told that his son would, “...make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Why do you think this was necessary? Why not just skip John and send Jesus when the time was right?
Why do you suppose Zechariah had trouble believing angel Gabriel’s message? !Gabriel rendered Zechariah deaf and mute, why was this God’s punishment of choice?
What do you think God was trying to communicate through it?
How do you think you would react if God communicated that something great (that you’ve long thought, and perhaps still think) impossible, will happen in your life before year’s end?
We know that God’s primary means of communicating His will and His truth to us today is through His word in the Bible. His Holy Spirit however, lives within each Christian, and still leads and directs us in God’s personal will for our lives. What’s the strangest way God has ever communicated a personal message to you? And how do you discern if what you heard is from God, or just something you really really wanna do?
What is one promise from God’s word you need to hold onto tightly? What hope doe these passages offer you as you wait on the Lord? Hebrews 6:10, Matthew 10:42; Philippians 1:6
Elizabeth discovered she was pregnant and remained in seclusion for, “five months” (v. 24), why do you think she kept it on the down low?
She started by praising God in the quietness of her heart/home, (v.25) - what can we learn from her about responding to God’s goodness in our lives?