What stories have you been told about the events surrounding your birth?
Why did Jesus have to be born by a virgin? Would it have mattered if Mary was already married and no longer a virgin?
Mary is described by angel Gabriel as, “O favored one” (v.28) and as having, “found favor with God” (v.30). Based on this Biblical account, is Mary a dispenser of divine grace or a recipient of it? Explain.
How do you find favor with God? What does Ephesians 1:3-14 have to say about the grace & favor of God?
When and how has God ever demonstrated to you His great love and/or great power?
Break up into two groups, then compare and contrast the words of angel Gabriel to Mary and Zechariah. Group one looks at Zechariah in verse 13-17. Group two looks at Mary in verse 30-33.
From these two accounts, what do we know about John in relation to Jesus, but more importantly, what can we learn about Jesus?
Put yourself in Mary’s shoe for a moment. What are some troubling thoughts going through her mind as she listens to the angel’s proclamation?
Why do you think the angel told Mary about Elizabeth’s condition, (verse 36)?
Unlike Zechariah, Mary responds to the angels incredible announcement by saying, “I am the Lord’s servant,....May your word to me be fulfilled.” (v.38). Considering how teenage girls think, how is it possible that Mary, (a young teen herself) simply accepted this message?
What’s the most difficult thing you’ve had to do as a result of becoming a follower of Jesus Christ?
What is one, “impossible” thing in your life you desperately need to believe God for?
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