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A Ready People

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Luke 1:5-17(NIV)

5In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly. 7But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.

8Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

11Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. 14He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. 16Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. 17And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

I.       Introduction:

II.    Be Ready To Be Used of God

A.    God Chooses The Time: When

1.      A Time to End the Silence

2.      A Time to Reveal His Plan

B.     God Chooses The People: Who

1.      Observing Virtue

a)      Purity Observed

b)      Prayer Observed

2.      Overcoming Obstacles

III. Be Ready for the Messenger of God

A.    Committed to the Mission

B.     Commanding Spiritual Energy

C.     Communicating God’s Word

D.    Causing Joy

IV. Be Ready for the Coming of Christ

A.    People Brought Back to God

B.     Hearts Turned to Children

C.     Disobedient Turned to Wisdom

V.    Conclusion:

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