HOPE HAS A NAME
Week 3: Isaiah 9:6-7
Life Group Questions
- Do you know the meaning of your name? Do you think we think of the meaning of names today in America in the same way they did in biblical times?
- Explain the difference between modern day use of peace and the biblical word shalom. What are areas in your life can you identify right now that you need shalom? (possibly take time to pray with people)
- Josh talked about how we think we will achieve peace when we get something we don’t have (i.e. career, spouse, car, vacations) or we try to achieve peace by avoiding our lives and entering a mode of escapism (i.e. binge watching Netflix, shopping, drinking too much alcohol). Which are you more prone to and why do you think that is? How do you think Jesus wants to meet you in that?
- It was said that the “Peace of God isn’t found in absence of difficulty, but in the presence of the person of Jesus.” How does that strike you? Have you found that to be true? What do you think that looks like?
- Paul says in verse 6 we should present our requests with thanksgiving. Why is that different than our normal approach? Do you present your requests this way or do you wait until they are granted? What do you think of the idea that “You are never going to be content if you only thank God when your request is granted.”
- Paul says in verses 11 & 12 that he has found the secret to being content. Do you feel like you are living in that contentment and peace? If not, have you before? What was it like?
- What did you experience when you paused to look at the image of Eve & Mary? Where would you say you are at in the image?
Sermon Notes and Scriptures
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.