In the life of faith, we often hear that the hardest step to take is the very first one. Mary’s story opens with such a step: Without warning or invitation, the angel Gabriel appears and announces that she will be the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26–33). Mary responds with “let it be to me according to your word.” Thus begins the dramatic story of Mary, mother of Jesus and mother of God (Luke 1:38). While the subsequent steps of her journey do not get easier (imagine raising the Son of God!), her story teaches us a profound lesson: that the life of faith is made up of a series of steps that bring us closer to the fulfillment of God’s will, but not necessarily farther from the challenges and struggles involved with moving ahead.
Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan walks you through at the “steps” of Mary’s life. A major installment in the Studies in Faithful Living series, Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan looks closely at the life of an extraordinary woman who lived in faithful response to God’s call. On its own, the book can be used as an 8-week self -study program. The Complete Church Curriculum provides all the tools you need for a coordinated 8-week small group study and companion sermon series. Order today at www.logos.com/mary.