Hope Shines Through – Part 1 – The Waiting Game
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, December 1, 2019
What are you waiting for?
Life Group Study Guide
Scripture: Luke 1:5-79
Have you ever been lost? out in the woods? in an unfamiliar city? Where was it? What happened? Tell your group about it…
1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. Read Luke 1:5-7. In their culture, the inability to conceive was a disgrace (see v.25) because people assumed it was a form of judgement from God for some sin in your life. What do you think it was like for Zechariah and Elizabeth to faithfully follow God year after year, decade after decade, without ever seeing God answer their prayers the way they hoped?
3. What kinds of experiences lead you to feel like you’ve been overlooked or discarded by God?
4. Read Luke 1:8-25. It seems that when we’ve had to play the waiting game for a long time, we have trouble believing when the wait is finally over. Zechariah’s wait came to an end in a dramatic and unmistakable way. Most of the time for us, the end comes through a change in circumstances, or a realization that we may not have been waiting for the right thing… How confident are you that your waiting game, if you’re in one, will eventually end?
5. Read Luke 1:57-79. Zechariah realized that his personal waiting game was a small, but important step in the unfolding of God’s great story of redemption that spans the whole of time. God was at work, and Zechariah now had his moment on the stage, soon it would be his son, then the Messiah, and the story would continue. How does a perspective like this influence your personal experience of the waiting game you are in? How could it?
6. If someone you know is struggling with their own waiting game, how could you help them?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?