Matthew, Mark, Luke & John: Session 2

            Our 2nd Bible Study at Founding Word covers The Christmas Story. We'll start off with the first angelic encounter by Mary's Uncle Zachariah while he was performing duties in the Temple. This angel turns out to be none other than the famous Gabriel seen by Daniel centuries earlier. Then Gabriel visits Mary and their famous exchange is recorded. We will explore a little bit about why Jesus had to be born of a virgin and then we will cover the rest of the famous story. Mary visits her Aunt Elizabeth to rejoice over the prophetic destiny of their unborn children while Gabriel visits Mary's fiance who was apparently troubled by Mary's sudden and unexplained pregnancy. Later, Mary gives birth to Jesus in a barn and has to lay him in a barnyard feeding trough. Meanwhile, an army of angels manifest themselves to nearby shepherds to announce Jesus' birth and even gives them instructions on how they can find him. The shepherds quickly leave and find Jesus exactly where they were told.

1 Hour 17 Minutes
December 18, 2008

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I. The Introduction To Zachariah / Elizabeth & The Conflict Between Perfect Righteousness & Perfect Love.
Luke 1:5-7

II. The Temple System / God's Establishment Of The "Balance Transfer" System.
Luke 1:8-10

III. An Angel Appears To Zachariah / The Nature & Capabilities Of Angels.
Luke 1:11-12

IV. The Angel Announces To Zachariah, The Conception & Birth Of His Son John.
Luke 1:13-17

V. Responding To Zachariah's Unbelief, The Angel Reveals Himself To Be Gabriel & Removes Zach's Ability To Speak.
A. Luke 1:18-20
B. Daniel 8:15-19

VI. A Speechless Zachariah Continues His Priestly Duties While His Wife Becomes Pregnant.
Luke 1:21-25

VII. Gabriel Announces To A Virgin Named Mary, The Conception & Birth Of Her Son Jesus.
Luke 1:26-33

VIII. Why It Was Necessary For Jesus To Be Conceived And Born Of A Virgin.
A. Luke 1:34-38
B. Isaiah 7:14

IX. Mary Visits Her Aunt Elizabeth / What It Really Means To Be Filled With The Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:39-56

X. Elizabeth Gives Birth To John.
Luke 1:57-80

XI. Gabriel Visits Joseph, The Promised Husband Of Mary, To Alleviate His Fears And Confirm Mary's Testimony.
Matthew 1:18-25

XII. Mary Gives Birth To Jesus In A Barnyard Feeding Trough.
Luke 2:1-7

XIII. Angels Announce The Birth Of Jesus To Nearby Shepherds / A Little Bit About English Bible Translations.
Luke 2:8-15

XIV. The Shepherds Locate The Manger And Visit Jesus.
Luke 2:16-21