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Study 3 – Luke 1:39-56

Study 3 – Luke 1:39-56

1. What does Mary’s song reveal about: (a) the character of God (see especially verses 49, 50), and (b) His way of working among men (verses 51-53)? How were these facts demonstrated in the manner of the Saviour’s coming?
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Study 2 – Luke 1:26-38

Study 2 – Luke 1:26-38

1. Verses 31-33, 35. How many features of the person and mission of the promised child can be discerned in the words of the angel? Make a list of them.
2. Contrast Mary’s reception of the angel’s message with that of Zechariah (see previous study, Question 2). Compare with verse 45. What did Mary’s response involve? Are you prepared similarly to ask the Lord to fulfil his word in you?

Note: Verse 31. ‘Jesus’ is the Greek form of Joshua, which means ‘God saves’. Compare with Matthew 1:21
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Study 1 – Luke 1:1-25

Study 1 – Luke 1:1-25

1. What was the mission assigned to John the Baptist? What was to be the nature of his greatness (verse 15)? Compare verses 76, 77.
2. What was the cause of Zechariah’s punishment (verse 20)? What made him hesitate to believe the angel’s message? What similar temptations to unbelief do you face? Why ought Zechariah to have believed and why ought we to believe?
3. Verses1-4. What do these verses tell us of: (a) the sources of Luke’s information, (b) the importance that he attached to giving a truthful record, and (c) his purpose in writing the Gospel?

Note: Verse 3. The title ‘most excellent’ suggests that Theophilus was a high official, probably not a Christian, but with some knowledge of and interest in Christianity.
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