Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Advent: Week 1
Questions for this week:
Zechariah (the Lord remembers) serves as an embodiment of the Lord’s faithfulness to His covenant promises. After his priestly encounter with Gabriel, he was commanded to name his future son John. After his wife, Elizabeth conceived, they took the child to be circumcised and were asked what the child’s name would be. The community wanted the child to be named after Zechariah, but both Zechariah and Elizabeth submitted in obedience to the command from Gabriel and named the child John.
Has there been a time in your walk when the Lord made it evident to you that you needed to obey his precepts despite the direction the culture pulled you in?
How do you think Elizabeth and Zechariah felt under the pressure from the community?
How did you feel under the outside pressure from the community?
Is there anything in your life right now that you feel torn between obeying God and conforming to the direction of the community?
How can your missional community encourage and support you this week to submit to God in these areas instead of the world?
- John the Baptist had a call and a ministry laid before him very early in his life, to go before the Lord and prepare his way, giving the knowledge of salvation to his people (Luke 1:76, 77). Even with his call, however, a time of preparation was necessary (Luke 1:80). As a believer, have you come to understand your own personal calling and/or mission, and what are you doing to prepare yourself for that, or how are you living it out?