December 17, 2017 – Pastor Jon Spallino, Lead Pastor

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The birth of Jesus is unique. In fact, his story begins in Genesis. God promises to send a Savior that will bring mankind back to God. The Old Testament begs the question, “Who is this one who is coming?” Leaders lived and died for thousands of years and with each one they asked this question. Prophecies were given to help identify this Savior. Then after 400 years of silence, Jesus is born of a virgin named Mary having fulfilled the prophecies that were before him. God is a God of the impossible. And this is his birth story.

LUKE 1:26-38

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.

37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.


1. What are some characteristics of Mary that stand out to you and why?

2. What would it take for you to spend more time in reflection and contemplation
of God and his will in your life?

3. Reflect on the greatest challenges you are facing in your life right now. What
can you do that would glorify God in them?

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“When we are faced with God’s plan for our life, we often doubt. Whether it is because the things in our life seem to big, or we believe that God is too small.”Pastor Jon Spallino