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Advent reminds us that God means what he says, whether it’s warning about coming judgment, or promising relief from hard circumstances. But what about when God is silent? Or was silent, when we longed to hear from him? What then? Pastor Luke preaches from Luke 1:65–80 in “Dawn From On High,” the concluding message in his series “Promise Keeper.”
Talk It Over
OPEN. 1. How did you get your name—who picked it and why? Are you named for someone? Do you know what your name means?
UNPACK. Read Luke 1: 5–13, 65–80. (Read all of Luke 1 for more context.)
2. Who is John to prepare a way for (v. 76)? How will he do that?
3. Who is the coming savior Zechariah prophesies about (vv. 69–73)? What can we learn from this speech about that savior?
6. Go through each verse in Zechariah’s speech and note what each is about: (a) mercy and forgiveness, (b) salvation or the savior, (c) God’s faithfulness, or (d) something else. How are those themes related to each other in this speech? Can you identify a clear “central point” to the speech?
7. The baby, John, had just been born. Jesus wouldn’t be born for 6 more months. But Zechariah speaks in the past tense, referring to things that God has done (for example, “he has…redeemed,” in verse 68). Why?
APPLY. 8. As you think about the promises in Zechariah’s speech, which are most relevant to what’s going on in your life right now?
9. Who in your life has “gone before the Lord to prepare a way” for him?
10. Zechariah says that God wants us to serve him without fear. For you personally, how motivating is fear of God? What would it look like for you to serve God without fear?