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Luke 1 - NIV


1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled[a] among us,

2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.

3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,

4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

5 In 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.

6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly.

7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,

9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.

12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.

13 But 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 call him John.

14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,

15 for 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 before he is born.

16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.

17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.

20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.

22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home.

24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.


a. Luke 1:1 Or been surely believed

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Shared by: D Marion Clark on Oct, 2016
Summary: Elijah had already appeared, and they did not know it. Jesus had identified him.
Series: Advent 2004
Scripture: Luke 1:5-25
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 75
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Shared by: Jeremiah B. Menyongai, Jr. on Sep, 2016
Summary: Even righteous people live with disappointments & hurt. Instead of focusing on the absent, we need to empathize and support them in their questioning & doubts that God would touch them in spite of their conditions. Elizabeth & Zechariah are our examples.
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Shared by: David Trexler on Jul, 2016
Summary: Independent from England--Now dependent upon God
Scripture: Luke 1:1-24:52
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 64
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Where Did He Get That?
Shared by: Troy Borst on Jun, 2016
Summary: We will be looking at the life of Jesus Christ in relation to the man who occupied the role as is earthly father, Joseph. As we are looking at the life of Jesus Christ, we are going to be asking a central question: THREAD: WHERE DID HE GET THAT?
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Zechariah and Elizabeth – A Story of Hope
Shared by: Pat Damiani on May, 2016
Summary: Advent is the good news that there is hope regardless of your situation
Scripture: Luke 1:5-66
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,077
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Shared by: Jeremiah B. Menyongai, Jr. on Mar, 2016
Summary: Hopelessness is a weapon the enemy uses effectively. It is when you come to that place where you have totally given up and you feel you can do no more - that even God or those you depended on have failed you. But this Christmas you can hope again.
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Shared by: Tim Smith on Feb, 2016
Summary: Waiting is hard work, perhaps the hardest work you’ve ever done. And that is what the season of Advent is all about: waiting for the coming of the Messiah
Series: iWitness
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It's Birthing Time
Shared by: Selwyn Robins on Jan, 2016
Summary: This is a message of Grace & Salvation.
Scripture: Luke 1:5-56
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 866
Mike Hullah avatar
Shared by: Mike Hullah on Dec, 2015
Summary: The lives of Elizabeth and Mary give us Christmas Hope!
Scripture: Luke 1:5-7
Views: 553
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Shared by: John Gaston on Dec, 2015
Summary: Angels play a significant role in the N.T., particularly surrounding the events of the birth of Jesus. There were 4 major appearances of angels: with Zachariah, Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds.
Scripture: Luke 1:11-2:15
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 259
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Shared by: Robert Crowder on Dec, 2015
Summary: Two cousins are given miraculous announcements concerning the birth of their children. Elizabeth and Mary are the focus of this sermon.
Series: Immanuel
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Shared by: Palitha Jayasooriya on Dec, 2015
Summary: This sermon deals with 3 questions asked by different people who were part of the Christmas story, and what it can mean to us today.
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Scripture: Luke 1:5-80
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 8,757
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Shared by: Jerry Owen on Dec, 2015
Summary: Zacharias came to worship God one day hoping that God would "show up". Surprisingly, that is exactly what God did! How should you respond when God shows up and meets your needs?
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Luke 1:15-80
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,225
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I'm Speechless!
Shared by: Douglas Sherwood on Oct, 2015
Summary: PRAY BELIEVING! God will answer our PRAYER, in His TIME, His WILL, His WAY. LIVE in such a way that you know HOW to PRAY, and then PRAY BELIEVING!
Scripture: Luke 1:5-25
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 299
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Shared by: Craig Condon on Oct, 2015
Summary: This season of Advent is also a season of busyness. There are so many gifts to buy, parties to attend and events to plan for. We must remember the real reason for the season. We must keep our eyes and minds focused on God.
Scripture: Luke 1:1-25
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Views: 4,067
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Shared by: Pastor/Revivalist Terry Sisney on Sep, 2015
Summary: We are at the most pivotal times in history: we are on the brink of the greatest and the worst events that have ever hit planet earth: (Are you ready) There is a shaking, and there is Glory
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Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 26,425
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Mystery Babylon in the Roman Empire : the New Testament backdrop
Shared by: Bob Faulkner on Jul, 2015
Summary: Babylon's mysteries did not go away with Babylon, but have been passed on through the world empires. We now come to Rome, the "Babylon" of New Testament days.
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Shared by: Kevin L. Jones on May, 2015
Summary: A Mother's Day sermon that can easily be modified to fit any Sunday of the year.
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Shared by: Scott Hudgins on Feb, 2015
Summary: La historia de Zacarías y Elisabet nos recuerda que los milagros sí suceden. No tenemos que perder la esperanza cuando la vida nos decepciona.
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Scripture: Luke 1:5-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 260
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Shared by: Russ Adams on Dec, 2014
Summary: This sermon acts as an overview for the whole series, Christmas According to Dickens. The name Jesus is never used in the classic short story but his fingerprints are everywhere.
Scripture: Luke 1:1-4
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 454
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Shared by: Gordon McCulloch on Dec, 2014
Summary: We always know who Mary was the mother of our Lord, but forget that for a moment, and focus on her faith and her calling, and you will see how powerful and relevant that is for us today. Read on and enjoy !!!
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Jesus: the Gift of Christmas
Shared by: E. True Neilson on Dec, 2014
Summary: A Christmas message
Scripture: Luke 1:1
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 187
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Shared by: E. True Neilson on Dec, 2014
Summary: A Christmas time message about Zechariah and Elizabeth
Scripture: Luke 1:5-65
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 482
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Shared by: Bobby Stults on Dec, 2014
Summary: God's gift to Elizabeth and Zachariah was a gift from Him that far exceeded any expectation and they gave him praise for His wonderful gift of a son!
Scripture: Luke 1:5-25
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 511
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Waiting for Superman
Shared by: Chris Jordan on Dec, 2014
Summary: The world is waiting for Superman – a hero to come and meet the deep needs of their hearts. Jesus is that ultimate superhero who came into the world 2,000 years ago.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Luke 1:5-79
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 1,050
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Waiting in Hope!
Shared by: Shine Thomas on Dec, 2014
Summary: How to stay in hope while waiting for the promise?
Scripture: Luke 1:5-25
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,348
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Shared by: Daniel Lowe on Dec, 2014
Summary: The Benefits of Believing in Christmas
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Luke 1:5-42
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 886
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Five Encouragements To "Not Be Afraid"
Shared by: Jim Butcher on Dec, 2014
Summary: Five verses that tell us to "not be afraid."
Scripture: Luke 1:13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 417
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Can I Be Confident That God Has Heard My Prayer?
Shared by: Jim Butcher on Dec, 2014
Summary: A look at the confidence we can have that God has heard our prayer as well as some of the reasons He doesn't always respond immedately.
Scripture: Luke 1:13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 313
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Shared by: Jim Butcher on Dec, 2014
Summary: A look at our frequent lack of joy and how more clearly understanding what God has done for us can remedy that.
Scripture: Luke 1:11-14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 382