Summary: When something or someone we value is threatened, it will steal away any inner peace we may have. But Jesus invites us into a new life where we see, through faith, that he is holding all things in his hands and the good that he gives us will never be taken away from us. Therefore, through faith we have peace.
Big Idea: We have peace when we value the good things that Jesus gives to us and trust that they will never be taken away from us.
Ice-breaker question: Describe what it would be like for a person to have peace in their heart and mind.
Read: Luke 1:39-56
Observation (What does the passage say?)
1.Luke 1:26 tells us that Elizabeth was about six months pregnant at this time. What happened when Mary entered Elizabeth’s home and greeted her?
2. What did Elizabeth say to Mary?
3. Who was Mary glorifying and rejoicing in?
4. As Mary describes the great things that the Mighty One has done, she says that there are two different groups of people and that God is treating them differently. One group God has scattered, brought down and sent away empty. The other group God has lifted up and filled. Who does Mary say is in the first group?
5. Who does Mary say is in the second group?
Interpretation (What does the passage mean?)
6. Why did Elizabeth consider herself blessed to have Mary visit her?
7. According to Elizabeth, what is the reason that Mary is blessed?
8. What are some reasons why God scatters the proud, brings down rulers and sends the rich away empty?
9. Why does God treat the humble and the hungry differently than the proud, the rulers and the rich?
Application (What does the passage mean to me personally?)
Verse 45 says, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
10. What are some things that you believe that sometimes cause you to be stirred up in your inner spirit?
11. Are those beliefs true?
12. What would help you to believe the promises that God has given to you?
13. How will believing those promises more fully give you more peace in your spirit?
This Bible Study focuses on the same passage as the sermon on Dec 10/17 from Walnut Grove Lutheran Church, Langley BC.