HOPE HAS A NAME
Week 1: Isaiah 9:6-7, Hebrews 4:15-16
Life Group Questions
- What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received or given?
- Pastor Luke shared that the prophecy we find in Isaiah 9:1-7 was an answer to our problem and that God was dealing with our problem at its roots. How have you personally seen the Messiah deal with your sin at its root?
- Read Hebrews 4:15-16 together. Does the fact that Jesus was tempted as we are help you in any way when you think of how you are tempted? How can we follow Jesus’ example in how He lived His life and didn’t sin?
- In Romans 8 we see that we are more than conquerors with the power of the Holy Spirit. How have you allowed the power of the Holy Spirit to keep you from sinning?
- How then can we approach God’s throne? (Hebrews 4:16) What can we find there? How would you describe this to someone who doesn’t know God?
- What do you need to be honest with God about right now?
- Share an area of your life that you need to be obedient to what God is asking of you. How can we as a group rally around you to be obedient in this area?
- How have you seen Jesus nurture and care for you and your relationship with Him?
Sermon Notes and Scripture
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14
2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning will be fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. – Isaiah 9:2-7
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16