Bible Stories for Adults
John is Born
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Next Week - Jesus Is Born (Luke 2:1-20)
Luke - The Historical Gospel (Luke 1:1-4)
Who was Luke?
How qualified was Luke to write the gospel (good news) of Jesus?
Did Luke write his gospel because no one else had tried to record what had happened?
Why did Luke go to this trouble if others had already done so?
What was the scope of his gospel?
Zechariah and Elizabeth (Luke 1:5)
When, specifically, does Luke's gospel begin and who were Zechariah and Elizabeth?
What does it mean that Zechariah belonged to the priestly division of Abijah?
Priests must marry Jews, better to marry Levites, even better to marry from Aaron's line
1 Chronicles 24:1, 3, 10, 19
Priests served two weeks per year, plus Passover, Pentecost & Feast of Tabernacles
The Perfect Family (Luke 1:6)
What else does Luke tell us about Zechariah and Elizabeth?
Were other people called blameless and righteous in the Bible?
Does this mean they were perfect and sinless?
Then why does the Bible call them righteous?
Zechariah Is Visited (Luke 1:7-13)
Since Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God's eyes, did God bless them in every way?
What special honor did Zechariah receive once when he went on duty?
Did things go smoothly for Zechariah during his special service?
What comforting message was Zechariah given?
This Special Son (Luke 1:14-16)
How would John be different than other kids?
How would Zechariah understand the point that John should never drink alcohol?
What would John accomplish in life?
Why was this important to God's plan?
How effective would John be in his ministry?
Elijah Jr. (Luke 1:17)
What other special thing did the angel foretell about John?
What Old Testament prophesy would this fulfill?
What hint besides his ministry did John give that he was the promised return of Elijah?
How might this remind the people of Elijah?
2 Kings 1:7-8
Wouldn't John's unclean diet of locusts conflict with a prophet's calling by God?
Did the people recognize John to be the promised return of Elijah?
Were the people told that Elijah had returned?
Matthew 11:7, 10-11, 14
Who Says Hindsight is 20/20 (Luke 1:18)
After hearing the message from the angel what story would Zechariah have remembered?
Genesis 18:1, 10-11
How easily did faithful Abraham and Sarah believe God's promise?
Genesis 17:17; 18:12-14
How were Abraham and Sarah reminded of their disbelief in God's power over the impossible?
Did Zechariah show any stronger faith when given a similar message?
Doubting Zechariah (Luke 1:19-25)
How did the angel remind Zechariah who the promise was from?
Would this angel's name mean anything to Zechariah?
What sign would Zechariah be given because of his lack of faith?
Did the worshippers outside realize what had happened?
What other sign was Zechariah given that the promise would happen?
A More Special Son (Luke 1:26-56)
Was Gabriel's work done or did he have more to do?
Though Mary was young, how was this birth even more miraculous than John's & Isaac's?
What proof did Gabriel give that this impossible promise would be fulfilled?
How faithfully did Mary accept this promise?
How was the promise to Mary confirmed by Elizabeth even before they saw each other?
How does Mary respond to Elizabeth's greeting?
Luke 1:46-48 (46-55)
How long did Mary stay with Elizabeth?
John Is Born and Named (Luke 1:57-66)
What was the natural name for John to have been given?
Why were the neighbors getting involved with naming the child?
How were the neighbors able to get Zechariah's decision since he couldn't speak?
What happened after Zechariah had officially given his son the name John?
How did the neighbors respond to Zechariah's sudden ability to speak?
How did others respond when they heard what had happened?
Zechariah's Song - Benedictus (Luke 1:67-79)
Besides the ability to speak, how else was Zechariah blessed after John was named?
How did Zechariah begin this last Messianic prophesy before Jesus' birth?
How well did Zechariah understand his son's role in God's plan?
Luke 1:76-77 (76-79)
How was John raised in preparation for his ministry?
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