Sermon Notes

The Promises that Changed the World
“God’s Greatest Promise”
Luke 1:26-38

The greatest promise ever given was to the least likely person.
• A nobody from no-name parents from a ton in the middle of nowhere.
• We honor Mary for her role and her response not her righteousness.

What is God’s greatest promise ?
• Jesus

The greatest promise ever given required a virgin birth.
• Confirms Jesus’ heavenly origin
• signifies Jesus’ sinless nature
• qualifies Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice

What are God’s promises about?
• His gracious work to save people through Jesus

How do God’s promises work ?
• God graces us
• God is with us
• God’s Spirit will bring it to pass
• God is faithful to His promises

How do we respond to God’s promises?
Believe that God is With you
Surrender to His Will for you
• trust in His Word to you
• Cooperate with His Work in you

God’s greatest promise calls for our greatest trust .

Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Trustworthy Steward of God’s Resources/Living Surrendered

LifeGroup Questions

  1. Icebreaker: How many generations of people in your family can you name?
  2. What should we do when God’s promises seem hard or impossible to believe?
  3. Are there any promises of God that you struggle to believe?
  4. How can we learn from Mary’s response to God’s promises in Luke 1:26-38?
  5. Before we are anything else, we are to be “servants of God.” What difference should this make in our lives?
  6. Which response to God’s promises do you need to step into this week? (Believe, Surrender, Trust, Cooperate.)