Simeon and Anna Psalm 92:12-15; Luke 2:21-38 “They will still bear fruit in old age.”
“All who live a just life will be saved even if they do not believe in Jesus Christ.”
DISCUSSION GUIDE 1. How was Simeon described in (Luke 2:25-27)? He was righteous, devout, filled with the Holy Spirit and faithful in his older years.
DISCUSSION GUIDE 2. How are you doing with these “Simeon traits?” a. Righteous living b. Devout c. Filled with the Holy Spirit d. Living faithfully
DISCUSSION GUIDE 3. What are other examples of Holy Spirit power in the following verses? a. (Luke 3:16) John the Baptist preaches the baptism of the Holy Spirit b. (Acts 1:8) The Holy Spirit brings power to reach a lost world c. (1 Cor. 12:4-7) The Holy Spirit gives gifts to believers for the edification of the church
DISCUSSION GUIDE 4. What purpose/calling would Simeon fulfill? a. (Luke 2:26) He was promised not to die before he had seen the Messiah b. (27-28) He received Jesus in the temple c. (28-29) He praised God for fulfilled promise
DISCUSSION GUIDE 5. Outline Simeon’s hymn of praise (vs. 29-32). a. (30) He had seen God’s salvation b. (31a) God had designed His plan of salvation c. (31b) It is a plan of salvation for all people d. (32a) God’s salvation was a light of revelation to the Gentiles e. (32b) God’s salvation was a light of glory for the Israelites
DISCUSSION GUIDE 6. How old was Anna and what was her purpose? (Luke 2:36-38) Anna was 84. She served the temple night and day through prayer and fasting.
DISCUSSION GUIDE 7. What was Anna’s response when she saw Jesus? (v. 38) She gave thanks to God and shared His message of hope to all who came by.
DISCUSSION GUIDE 8. How did Simeon and Anna demonstrate fruitful, productive lives even until the end of their lives? a. They knew their calling b. They faithfully practiced their calling each day c. They both stayed connected to God through the Holy Spirit d. They received God’s promise and blessing
DISCUSSION GUIDE 9. Do you… a. Know your calling? If so, what is it? b. Practice your calling daily? If so, how? If not, how can you? c. Live in the power of the Holy Spirit? If so, how? If not, how can you? d. Live faithfully through your spiritual journey? If so, how? If not, how can you get on track?
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And though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God has willed his truth to triumph through us. The prince of darkness grim? We tremble not for him. His rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure. One little Word shall fell him. Martin Luther