At Talbot Chapel, "church starts in Sunday School!" The theme for our Sunday School lessons this quarter is: Justice (Jesus and the Just Reign of God) Studies in the Gospel of Luke and the Book of James
Scripture: Luke 1:46-56.
Dec. 2 1 Sam. 2:1-10. My Heart Exults in the Lord.
Dec. 3 Psalm 34:1-8. O Magnify the Lord With Me.
Dec. 4 Psalm 100. Give Thanks to the Lord.
Dec. 5 Ps. 103:13:22. Bless the Compassionate Lord.
Dec. 6 Psalm 111. Praise the Gracious and Merciful Lord.
Dec. 7 Psalm 146. The Lord Reigns for All Generations.
Dec. 8 Luke 1:46-56. God Has Done Great Things
KEY VERSE: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Luke 1:47.
CENTRAL THOUGHT: God is loving, merciful, and just..
LESSON OBJECTIVE: To examine Mary's song of praise
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Todays's lesson presents focus on what is called the "Mangificant," Mary's response to the angel's announcement concerning her future. It involves great jubilation and praise of what God has done and the meaning of the mysterious acts of God on her befalf, on behalf of other believers, and all people, high and low. It reflects on the revelations of God and the fulfillment of the divine promise from ancient times to the present. Mary's song of praise expresses the infinite joy she feels at being a part of God's great acts, in being used by the Almighty in the execution of divine purposes. This song is a summary/interpretative statement of the social/divine justice of God in righting wrongs and bringing about balance in human affairs. This is a perfect model to follow in appreciating and understanding the gracious workings of God and being of God's creative work in the world. We should take the cue from Mary, who responded from the depths of her soul by praising her God of justice for receiving such a wonderful gift.
I. God's Glorious Acts in Human Life: Luke 1:46-50.
II. God's Power in Bringing About Justice: Vv. 51-53.
III. God's Merciful Remembrance: Vv. 54-56.