Summary: Our text today looks at Mary humbly exalting the Lord for what He has done. Let's take a look at what God has done for us and also take a look at what the Lord considers as great.
1. To praise the Lord is often synonymous with praising His word. How certain is the word of the Lord and how does it help define Him? Luke 21:33; John 1:1 & 14
2. Isn't it ironic that Zacharias asks for a sign and is reprimanded while Mary doesn't ask for a sign but is graciously given one? See Luke 1:20 & 36 for the results. Should we be cautious in asking God for a sign?
3. What was the special blessing that God bestowed upon Elizabeth in verse 41? Why was this so special prior to Pentecost?
4. Sometimes we tend to focus too much on the servants of the Lord (e.g.: Mary) instead of the Lord Himself. However, God's word will correct our focus. How many times is the "Lord" mentioned just in the first 2 chapters of Luke, especially in Mary's exaltation of the Lord in the latter half of chapter 1?
5. As Pastor Scott mentioned, when we praise the Lord, we should remember how we can even do that; especially considering our past (Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:1-2). Matthew 16:15-17; I Corinthians 12:3
6. In verse 28, the angel Gabriel refers to Mary as the "favored one". What does that mean? Did Mary deserve or earn the right to be the mother of Jesus?
7. Note how Mary personally addresses Jesus in verse 47. Was Mary proud to be the mother of Jesus? See verse 48. How does worshipping the Lord give us proper perspective?
8. Speaking of praising the Lord, note the blessings that are listed just in verses 48-50. See how much the Lord has done!
9. Notice how counter-cultural/God-focused is Mary's praise of the Lord. Pay close attention to the following verses & list out the traits that the world loves but God disdains. Luke 1:51-54
10. Note how often Mary quotes the Old Testament in her praise of the Lord. Which Psalms does Mary quote here?
11. Mary's quotations of the Old Testament obviously let us know that she "practiced" the word of the Lord. See further teaching of this in Luke 8:21 and 11:28.
12. We see in verses 51-54 that the Lord will let mighty leaders fall and we obviously know that other calamities can strike our lives. How can this passage and others comfort us when things seem out of control? Romans 8:18&28 and Job 42:2
13. One key theme that has connected the recent sermons in Luke is what God considers great versus what man considers great. Compare and contrast these traits in verses 46-55. How does this tie into James 4:4 and I John 2:15?