Mary Visits Elizabeth
Passage: Luke 1:39–45
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- When Mary first enters Elizabeth’s home, Luke tells us that Elizabeth, full of the Holy Spirit, exclaims that the baby in Mary’s womb is indeed the Lord! In spite of Mary’s already strong belief, this confirmation of God’s Word must have skyrocketed her faith. Explain how Christian fellowship, centered around the experienced truth of God’s Word, is faith building in the lives of believers. On the flip side, how would you explain the danger of forsaking the gathering together of believers to someone who doesn’t believe that coming to church is important?
- Mary is a teenaged virgin while Elizabeth is an old barren woman - yet both are pregnant. They share the miracle of God’s work in their lives, and in spite of their vast age difference, were both blessed and strengthened by one another’s company. What does this tell us about Christian fellowship that spans generations? What is the main element, the key ingredient, in faith building fellowship?
- The Holy Spirit’s role is to glorify and reveal Christ and to make much of Him. John Piper calls the Holy Spirit the “shy member of the Trinity” who never puts Himself in the limelight, but instead shines the limelight on the attributes of God the Father and God the Son. What should this tell us about people who try to exalt just the work of the Holy Spirit - being slain in the Spirit, Spirit induced holy laughter - while at the same time, neglecting the Person of Jesus Christ? If not Jesus, who are these people trying to glorify? With this in mind, how should a Christian, who is truly filled with the Holy Spirit, act and behave?
- Mary was blessed because she believed, and this is true for every person who truly believes God’s Word and the truth of His Gospel. In Luke 11:27 Jesus says, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it. How do you know if a person truly believes in the Word of God? Do you believe that living for Jesus Christ is way more freeing, joyous and satisfying than living for yourself? If so, how does this belief show in your life and do you consider yourself truly blessed?
- What does this passage tell us about the spirituality of women in the Word of God? How do you think this might encourage women in the church today?