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SCRIPTURE FOCUS
Luke 1:8-20

ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS
How can doubts be overcome?

How can we handle our fears?

Bonus Question:
Why should we continue to pray when our answer does not come right away?

KEY VERSE
Luke 1:13

LESSON NUGGET
His disappointment at not having a son did not keep Zacharias from serving the Lord. Be faithful; you never know when God’s angel may arrive. Zacharias had the faith to keep on praying; But when the answer came, he did not have the faith to accept it. He looked at his limitations rather than God’s great power. Unbelief produces silence (Psalm 116:10; 2 Corinthians 4:13); faith opens your mouth in praise to God.

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SCRIPTURE FOCUS
Luke 1:57-66, 76-79

ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS
If you lost your speech for a year, what would be your first words when you were finally able to talk again?

Why is it important for children to hear from their parents what God’s place ought to be in their lives?

What can parents learn from Zacharias about passing on faith to their children? 

KEY VERSE
Luke 1:76

LESSON NUGGET
Zacharias praised God for what He would do for His people, Israel. It was the dawning of a new day (vv. 78-79) because the Messiah was about to be born. God keeps His promises and is faithful to His covenants
   
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SCRIPTURE FOCUS
Luke 3:2-6, 15-18

ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS
In what ways does John‘s life teach us about humility?

How can you be attentive to God’s Word when you feel like you are in the wilderness because of life’s challenges?

How can you incorporate the practice of repentance into your daily rhythms?

KEY VERSES
Luke 3:3

LESSON NUGGET
John was privileged to prepare the nation for the Messiah and then present Him to them. John preached against sin and told the people to repent. He gave specific instructions to his converts on how to put their faith into practice. He was inspecting fruit (v.8), getting to the root of sin (v.9), and warning about wrath to come (vv.7,17). Would you accept that kind of ministry?

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1/8/22: Injustice and Hope - Genesis 21:8-20
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1/15/22: Justice and Fairness - Exodus 23:1-12
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1/22/22: Justice, Judges, and Priests - Deuteronomy 16:18-21; 17:8-13
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1/29/22: Justice and the Marginalized - Deuteronomy 24:10-21
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2/5/22: Nathan Condemns David - 2 Samuel 12:1-9,13-15
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2/12/22: Ezra and the Law - Ezra 7:1-10, 23-26
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2/19/22: Bildad Misspeaks God's Justice - Job 8:1-10, 20-22
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2/26/22: Job and the Just God - Job 42:1-6; 10-17
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3/5/22: Freed from Captivity - Ezra 1:1-8, 11; 2:64-70
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3/12/22: Free to Worship - Ezra 6:1-12
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3/19/22: Free to Celebrate - Ezra 6:13-22
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3/26/22: Free Because of the Lord - Deuteronomy 8:1-11
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4/2/22: Triumphal Entry of the King - Matthew 21:1-11
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4/9/22: Passover with the King - Matthew 26:17-30
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4/16/22: Resurrection of the King - Matthew 28:1-10
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4/23/22: Freedom in the King - John 8:31-38
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4/30/22: Freedom from Sin - Romans 6:1-14
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5/7/22: Freedom for the Future - Romans 8:18-30
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5/14/22: Freedom and the Law - Galatians 3:18-29
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5/21/22: Freedom, Love, and Faith - Galatians 5:1-15
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5/28/22: The Fruit of Freedom - Galatians 5:16-26
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6/4/22: God Foretells Destruction - Isaiah 47:10-15
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6/11/22: God Foretells Redemption - Isaiah 49:1-13
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6/18/22: God's People Shall Prosper - Isaiah 49:18-23
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6/25/22: God Offers Deliverance - Isaiah 51:1-8
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8/6/22: A New Home - Revelation 21:1-9
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8/13/22: A New City - Revelation 21:10-27
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8/20/22: The River of Life - Revelation 22:1-9
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8/27/22: A Welcoming Invitation - Revelation 22:10-21
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9/3/22: The Call of Abram - Genesis 12:1-5,7;15:1-7
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9/10/22: God Chooses the Younger Twin - Genesis 25:19b-34
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9/17/22: Jacob Called Israel - Genesis 32:22-32
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9/24/22: The Scepter Given to Judah - Genesis 35:22b-26; 38:24-26; 49:10-12
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10/1/22: The Birth of Moses - Exodus 2:1-10
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10/8/22: Song of Moses - Deuteronomy 32:3-6, 10-14, 18
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10/15/22: The Call of Gideon - Judges 6:1-2, 7-16a
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10/22/22: Who is King? - 1 Samuel 8:4-7; 10:17-24
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10/29/22: David Anointed as King - 1 Samuel 16:1-13
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11/5/22: God Picked You! - Ephesians 1:1-14
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11/12/22: Christ is Wisdom - Ephesians 1:15-23
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11/19/22: We are God's Handiwork - Ephesians 2:1-10
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11/26/22: God Gives Tools for Our Protection - Ephesians 6:10-18
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12/3/22: Zacharias Hears from God - Luke 1:8-20
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1/2/21: Called to Proclaim - Luke 4:14-22a
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1/9/21: Called to Follow - Luke 5:1-11
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1/16/21: Called in Authority - Mark 2:1-12
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1/23/21: Called for the World's Belief - John 17:14-24
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1/30/21: Called to Prophesy - Luke 2:36-38; Acts 2:16-21; Acts 21:8-9
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2/6/21: Called to Testify - John 4:25-42
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2/13/21: Called to Support - Luke 8:1-3; Mark 15:40; John 20:10-18
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2/20/21: Called to Explain - Acts 18:1-3, 18-21, 24-26; Romans 16:3-4
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2/27/21: Called to Serve - Acts 16:11-15, 40; 1 Corinthians 1:26-30
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3/6/21: Prophet of Deliverance - Deuteronomy 18:15-22
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3/13/21: Prophet of Conquest - Joshua 5:13-15; 6:1-5, 15-16, 20
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3/20/21: Prophet of Wisdom - 2 Kings 22:14-20
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3/27/21: Prophet of Courage - 1 Kings 18:5-18
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4/3/21: The Suffering Servant - Isaiah 53:4-11a
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4/10/21: The Faith-In-Action Preacher - Ezra 10:1-12
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4/17/21: The Restoring Builder - Nehemiah 2:11-20
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4/24/21: The Nation's Plea - Lamentations 5:1-22
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5/1/21: Speaking Truth to Power - 1 Kings 22:14-23; 26-28
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5/8/21: Offering Hope for the Future - Isaiah 29:13-24
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5/15/21: Preaching Doom - Jeremiah 38:14-23
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5/22/21: Preaching to the Exiles - Ezekiel 18:1-9, 30-32
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5/29/21: Preaching to Enemies - Jonah 3:1-10
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6/5/21: Freed from Worry - Matthew 6:25-34
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6/12/21: Delivered from Fear - Matthew 8:23-27
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6/19/21: Healed by Faith - Matthew 9:18-26
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6/26/21: Rescued from Doubt - Matthew 14:22-33
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7/3/21: Attitude of Gratitude - Leviticus 13:45-46; Luke 17:11-19
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7/10/21: Power of the Gospel - Romans 1:8-17
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7/17/21: Faith of Abraham - Romans 4:1-12
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7/24/21: Peace with God - Romans 5:1-11
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7/31/21: Salvation Available for All - Romans 10:5-17
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8/7/21: A Necessary Faith - Hebrews 11:1-8, 13-16
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8/14/21: A Patient, Persevering Faith - Hebrews 10:23-36
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8/21/21: A Conquering Faith - 1 John 4:2-3, 13-17; 5:4-5
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8/28/21: An Eternal Hope - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 5:1-10
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9/4/21: Praise with Music - Exodus 15:11-21
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9/11/21: Praise in Dance - 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 14-19
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9/18/21: Praise by Expecting and Following - Mark 10:46-52
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9/25/21: Praise for Salvation - Acts 2:32-33, 37-47
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10/2/21: Praise God with Joy - Psalm 100:1-5
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10/9/21: Praise for God's Ultimate Justice - Psalm 9:1-12
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10/16/21: Praise God for Past Deliverance - Psalm 107:1-9, 39-43
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10/23/21: Praise God for His Presence - Psalm 84:1-12
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10/30/21: Praise God for His Greatness - Psalm 149:1-5; Psalm 150:1-6
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11/6/21: United in Praise - Revelation 7:9-17
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11/13/21: God of Power - Revelation 11:15-19
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11/20/21: Marriage of the Lamb - Revelation 19:1-8
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11/27/21: Good News for All - Acts 10:34-47
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12/4/21: Justice and Obedience - Deuteronomy 5:1b-3; 10:12-13; 27:1-10
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12/11/21: Justice and Kindness - 2 Samuel 9:1-7, 9-12
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12/18/21: Justice and Righteousness - Isaiah 9:2-7
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12/25/21: Merry Christmas

4/4/20: A Word of Faith - Matthew 11:12-26 KJV
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4/11/20: Do You Hear Me? - Romans 10:5-17 KJV
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4/18/20: The Prayer of Faith - 1 Samuel 1:9-20 KJV
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4/25/20: Speak the Word Only - Matthew 8:5-13 KJV
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5/2/20: Prophesying Restoration - Zephaniah 3:14-20 KJV
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5/9/20: Promising Peace - Zechariah 8:1-8; 11-17 KJV
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5/16/20: Practice Justice - Jeremiah 21:8-14
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5/23/20: Repent of Injustice - Jeremiah 22:1-10
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5/30/20: Pursue Love & Justice - Hosea 11:1-2, 7-10; 12:1-2, 6-14
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6/6/20: Listen to God's Wisdom - Proverbs 1:1-4, 7, 8, 10, 20-22, 32, 33
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6/13/20: Value Wisdom - Proverbs 2:1-11
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6/20/20: Receive Wisdom's Gifts - Proverbs 8:8-14, 17-21
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6/27/20: Feast with Wisdom - Proverbs 9:1-6, 8-10, 13-18
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7/3/20: Vindicating Wisdom - Matthew 11:7-19
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7/11/20: The Boy Jesus - Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7b; Luke 2:39-52
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7/18/20: The Wisdom of Jesus - Mark 6:1-6
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7/25/20: Wisdom to Follow - John 14:1-14
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8/1/20: Faith and Wisdom - James 1:1-11
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8/8/20: Hearing and Doing - James 1:19-27
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8/15/20: Living Faith - James 2:14-26
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8/22/20: Taming the Tongue - James 3:1-12
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8/29/20: Two Kinds of Wisdom - James 3:13-18
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9/5/20: Biased Love - Genesis 37:2-11. 23-24a, 28
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9/12/20: Obedient Love - Genesis 41:25-33, 37-40, 50-52
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9/19/20: Victorious Love - Genesis 42:6-25
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9/26/20: Revealed Love - Genesis 45:1-8, 10-15
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10/3/20: Love that Intercedes - 1 Samuel 19:1-7
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10/10/20: Love Your Enemies - Luke 6:27-36
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10/17/20: Love for Neighbors - Luke 10:25-37
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10/24/20: Love Never Fails - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
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10/31/20: Serving Love - John 13:1-15, 34-35
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11/7/20: Abiding Love - John 15:4-17
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11/14/20: Confident Love - 1 John 3:11-24
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11/21/20: Responsive Love - Acts 4:32-37; Acts 5:1-11
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11/28/20: Impartial Love - James 2:1-13
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12/5/20: Called to Be Heir - Matthew 1:1-6, 16-17; Hebrews 1:1-5
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12/12/20: Called to Be Emmanuel - Matthew 1:18-25
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12/19/20: Called to Worship - Matthew 2:1-2, 7-15
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12/26/20: Called to Prepare - Matthew 3:1-12
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