Zechariah: A Call to Prepare

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  • Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017
  • Speaker: Eric Van Scharrel
  • Series: The CALL of CHRISTMAS
  • Scripture: Luke 1:1-25

“And the angel answered him, ‘I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.’” Luke 1:19-20

Luke 1:1-4                      Introduction and Purpose

I am called by God to thoughtful PREPARATION for His COMING.


        “Here, [Luke] is saying, is something solid, something you can TRUST.” –N.T. Wright


Luke 1:5-10          A Faithful Couple

        “[Angels] remind us that God has provided assistance for us in our spiritual CONFLICTS. We are not ALONE in this world!” –Billy Graham


Luke 1:11-20           A Message from God

        Gabriel is a messenger of MERCY and PROMISE.


Luke 1:21-25         A Holy Time Out

        In God-imposed SILENCE, there is margin for CONTEMPLATION.


Luke 1:57-80        A Song of Praise

        For Zechariah (and us), preparation leads to PRAISE.


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