Luke 1.39-45

Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

  • Eph 5.18 " filled with the Spirit"
  • The Holy Spirit comes where there is faith and expectation

Bless Others

  • Socially, Mary could only expect condemnation but received a blessing

“You are more sinful than you could dare imagine and you are more loved and accepted than you could ever dare to hope.” - Tim Keller

  • Grace has swallowed up sin
  • We have been blessed
  • We can be a people who bless others

Be Humble

  • Elizabeth could have felt entitled but was humble
  • Humility feeds gratitude
  • Christians know we deserve nothing but have received everything through grace
  • This frees us to celebrate the success of others

Follow the Joy

  • Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit and normal Christian life
  • Depression is not a sin but God's desire is for our joy
  • If we can't find joy it may be because we're not aligned with God's will
  • Repent and believe!
  • Identify the joy blockers and get rid of them
  • We need the Holy Spirit and each other in the journey of joy

Encourage Faith

  • If we don't point to God, people won't know to praise him
  • Be ready to give an answer for the hope within

Discussion Questions

  • Re-read the passage in a couple of different translations
  • Is there anything you don’t understand?
  • Which of the above points do you most resonate with?
  • Which do you feel you need to work on the most?
  • What is God saying to you?
  • What are you going to do as a result?