A-Mail Part 2 “Unwavering Faith”
Big Idea: God gives us unquestionable hope because of His _______________, _________________ and His _______________.
_____________ is a huge topic around Christmas.
Faith is very, very important to ______________.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
We exercise faith in __________________ ways every single day.
Faith is easy when the feedback is __________________ and the task is fairly _________________________.
Spiritual faith often involves tasks that are _______________ and __________ ____________.
Mary’s faith was required for a situation that was unique in _________ time and for ___________ time.
Big Idea: Unwavering faith is given _____________ by the grace of God and is ________________ by and ______________ with others.
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Unwavering faith is given _______________ by the grace of God.
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
Unwavering faith depends on an unwavering God because there is no such thing as an unwavering __________________.
Mary was chosen by God because…. God ______________ her.
If I think that my faith _______________ on me, I’m going to have very ____________________ faith.
We all have _______________ and __________________.
Unwavering faith is __________________ by and _____________ with others.
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
God uses other _______________ to keep our faith from wavering.
All of us have opportunities to be ____________________ and to be an _____________________.
The hero of this story is _____________, not _________________.