This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)
Jesus gave this woman the priceless gift of freedom from guilt, which also freed her from feelings of shame before others. If not, she would not have been able to be so socially bold in expressing her gratitude and love to Jesus. Have you ever felt “ashamed to show your face” for any reason? How can opening your life to God’s love and forgiveness set you free to live more fully?
Angels don’t usually appear to tell us what God wants from us. In what ways have you learned to listen for God’s voice in your life? If you think a message or call may be from God, what ways have you learned of confirming that? If (or when) God calls you to something tough, are you willing to respond to God as Mary did in verse 38?
When people in the Judean hill country heard of the events around John’s birth, they asked, “What then will this child be?” Zechariah knew about his son John’s mission, as Luke 1:76 showed. Who played John’s role in your life—who prepared the way for your faith, and introduced you to Jesus?
John the Baptist passionately called people to accept baptism as a sign of their desire to change inwardly. But his baptism was not an end in itself. He was preparing the way for the Messiah. As scholar N. T. Wright explained, “John was doing what the prophet Isaiah had said: preparing a pathway for the Lord himself to return to his people. This was the time. Rescue was at hand.”* The Walk shows us five essential practices (Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Share) that empower us to prepare the way for the Lord in our own and other people’s lives. How are you preparing the way for Jesus Christ to work in your life? In the lives of others? What choices and practices help you keep your commitment to God’s call strong and focused?
* N. T. Wright, Luke for Everyone. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, p. 34.
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