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Common lives intersecting God's sovereign plan

December 6, 2015 Speaker: Chris Carroll Series: The Long Awaited Gift

Topic: Christmas Passage: Luke 1

Discussion Questions

1. When you think about the two couples described in the sermon, what made their lives significant?

2. How did each couple respond to the sovereign call of God on their lives? How significant are these two couples when we consider God’s salvation history?

3. Each couple was supernaturally able to conceive and have a child. The angel declared in Luke 1:37 that nothing is impossible for God. Discuss each child that was to be born. What role do they play in our salvation? How did God bring about the impossible in their lives? How does God bring about the impossible in our lives?

4. Are there any prayers that you have prayed for a long time? Do you ever feel like those prayers go unheard because they are left unanswered? What does it mean to you that God heard the prayers of Zechariah and Elizabeth, but unfolded an even greater plan then they could have ever imagined? How might that relate to your life?

5. God has a great purpose for your life, where the “common” will intersect with the sovereign plan of God. Salvation history may not pivot on our lives (like in the case of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph), but God certainly has a role for each of us to play in His story. Discuss this.

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