Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes for this Sunday's message from Calvary Baptist Church

God’s Plan - Rejoice - Luke 1:39-55

Luke 1:39-55


Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah,40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be[g] a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”


Mary's Song of Praise: The Magnificat

46 And Mary said,“My soul magnifies the Lord,47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,48for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

Setting the Scene


Two events take place that magnify the impact of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth.


Luke 1:5-25 - The birth of John the Baptist is foretold

Luke 1:26-38 - The angel, Gabriel visits Mary


Questions:

What is the significance of these events?

How does understanding them add significance to Mary’s visit?

Mary’s Visit - Luke 1:39-45


After her angelic encounter, Mary quickly visits her cousin, Elizabeth, who is with child. The Lord uses this visit to confirm the angel’s message.


Questions:

How does Elizabeth know about Mary’s pregnancy?

What lesson can we learn from Elizabeth’s reaction to Mary?


Mary’s Song - Luke 1:46-55


Mary responds to the confirmation of God’s plan with praise and worship! In her song, she highlights God’s power and mercy.


Questions:

Why might it be difficult for Mary to praise God His plan?

What myths about Mary does this text dispel?

How does the song highlight the mercy and power of God?

Challenge


While we may not see angels deliver personal messages to us every day, we can be sure that God has a plan for our lives and that he wants to use us to accomplish his will. Even when it is difficult, we should respond to the confirmation of God’s plan in our lives with worship and praise!


Questions:

How have you seen God work His plan in your life?

When do you find it difficult to respond with praise and worship?

How can Mary’s example encourage us today?