Pt 1 Mary of Nazareth

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Part 1: Mary of Nazareth

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Familiar Story What actually happened? What does the story teach us about the character of God? What does the story mean for our lives today?

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The Journey: From Nazareth to Jerusalem

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Sepphorris (pop 30,000) Cultural center

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Nazareth “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

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Sepphorris

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“Living Water” at Nazareth John 4:10 Jer 2:13

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Nazareth – “Netzer” (Branch/Shoot)

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Isaiah 11:1-4 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;     from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.  The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—     the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,     the Spirit of counsel and of might,     the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

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He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,     or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy,     with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.

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“Can anything good come out of ________?” “God looks to the meek and the humble to accomplish his greatest purposes” “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are…” 1 Cor 1:27-28

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Mary Most likely 13 years old Angel Gabriel appears to her “kecharitomene” – full of grace Virgin birth – “ousia, the essence of God” God had entered into human flesh-incarnation – Emmanuel- “God with us”

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Nazareth – “Netzer” (Branch/Shoot)

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“Can anything good come out of . . .”

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“He will reign on the throne…forever”

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“Full of Grace” “Grace was at the center of what God was doing in Christmas. The child to be born of Mary would embody and incarnate grace. His message would be a message of grace. His life would demonstrate grace to sinners, tax collectors, and prostitutes. They had been taught that there was no place for them in the synagogue, that God’s judgment and wrath was upon them; Jesus devoted his life to showing them that it was God’s love, mercy and kindness that were offered to them. Jesus showed them grace” Adam Hamilton

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Mary (“You are favored”) Pregnant out of wedlock – death sentence Many women died in childbirth Family would disown her Her own hopes and dreams are gone

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What it means to be “favored by God” Scary Risk Unpopular Giving up your own dreams “Here I am, a servant of the Lord”

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“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Summary: December 3, 2017 - Part 1 of "The Journey" series at Pine Island United Methodist Church in Bokeelia, Florida.

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