Pastor Steve Williams : Magnifying Magnificent Magnanimity

Light Breaks Through · 44:18 · Recorded November 27, 2016

Magnifying Magnificent Magnanimity

Today’s Bible Text: Luke 1:26-56 (p. 940)

Psalm 34:3 (ESV) “Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!”

Heart-grabbing themes of worship

God noticed me!

God greatly graced me!

1 Peter 5:5-7 (ESV) God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

God dignified me!

1 John 3:1 (NAS) See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.

God destined me!

Ephesians 1:11-12 (MSG) Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

What grabs God’s special attention

1. He notices the humility in our faith-surrender.

v. 38 “I am the Lord’s slave…May it be done to me according to your word.”

2. He notices the audacity of big-thinking dreamers!

Zechariah 4:10 (HCSB) “Who scorns the day of small things?”

Galatians 4:4 (NKJV) But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman…

Romans 1:2-4 (NIV) …The gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:24-25 (HCSB) Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when he abolishes all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign until he puts all his enemies under his feet.

3. He notices all who see blessedness in saying ‘yes’ to him!

v. 45 “She who has believed is blessed because what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled!”

Luke 1:78-79 (NIV) “Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

No one’s too small, too big, or too bad for him!

Study & Discussion Questions
  • When did you finally “connect the dots” on what the story of Christmas really meant? What had Christmas meant to you up to that time?
  • Read 2 Corinthians 4:6. How has Christ’s coming “shed light” that clears up darkness for humanity? How has he brought light personally into your life?
  • What do you find to be the most amazing aspect of this story from Luke 1:26-56 about Mary? What do you wish you had a better “handle” on?
  • Look again at Mary’s words in Luke 1:46-55, known as the “magnificat.” If you were to write your own magnificat, what would it emphasize about God (power…grace…love…patience, etc.) and your experience with him?
  • When you think about the truths in this story and about the real message of Christmas, what do you think our world needs to be reminded of most this Christmas? Our nation? Your friends & neighbors? Your own family?
  • Take time to read the story of Gabriel’s announcement to Mary in Luke 1:26-38 to your children perhaps at the beginning of a mealtime. Ask them to consider the feelings Mary must have experienced in hearing a message from an angel. Be prepared to be caught up in the wonder of the Christmas story yourself! Do your best this Christmas to keep pointing your children to the wonderful truth that Christmas is about God sending his son as the gift of eternal life to us. Work together to memorize Romans 6:23b“The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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