Prepare the way

Examining their faithful insight into the Christmas story, we turn to the incredible gospel authors Matthew and Luke to consider how Zechariah and Elizabeth’s pregnancy prepares us for the arrival of the King.

We are encouraged to think about the righteous nature of Zechariah, asking ourselves if we struggle with doubt and fear in our own walk with Christ. Elizabeth helps rebuild our confidence and belief that, with God, anything is possible!

Reading

Matthew 1:1-25; Luke 1:1-25

Questions to discuss

1. Do you have regular time that you carve out to spend with the Lord? If not, why not? Would you like to change your pattern?

2. How do you feel about trusting God with everything? Are there aspects of your life where you like to stay in control?

3. What is your deepest fear? Does it affect your daily decisions? Together, ask Jesus to break the cycle of fear in your life.

4. Elizabeth found that nothing was impossible with God. Is there anyone in the group who has lost hope? Pray for them that their faith would rise again, despite their circumstances.

5. Have you witnessed God’s perfect timing? Perhaps you can share testimonies of when you have seen answered prayer, in a way that suddenly makes sense… it may have only been seen with the benefit of hindsight!

6. Share together a couple of things for which you are truly thankful to God. Praise God for these things in your life.

End the session

Read Psalm 48 together as a declaration of who the Lord truly is. Ask one member of the group to end in prayer.

This small group session was taken from Heralding the Coming King Cover to Cover Advent Study Guide, by Anne Calver.

Anne Calver

Anne is a Baptist Minister and trained at the London School of Theology. Her passion is to see people encounter Jesus and become all they can in Him. She has previously worked for Youth for Christ and has been a self-employed writer and speaker, co-authoring three books as well as writing for magazines.