Hope Has a Name


Week 4: Christmas Eve; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-25


Sermon Questions

  1. Over the last four weeks, we’ve looked at Jesus’s names in Isaiah; Wonderful counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Which name has the most significance to you personally? Why?
  2. Share a truth you were challenged by during this sermon series.
  3. We know that Jesus is fully God and fully man. How would the gospel not have been fulfilled if He weren’t fully God? How would the gospel not have been fulfilled if He weren’t fully man?
  4. How imperative is it that we believe He is fully God and fully human?
  5. Pastor Luke shared a conversation he imagined might have taken place between God the Father and Jesus the Son. Did any part of the narrative connect with you? How so?
  6. The word Immanuel means “God with us.” How have you sensed God with you this past year?
  7. Who in your life do you need to tell that hope has a name?


Sermon Notes and Scripture

2The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 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. 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. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 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. 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

 Week 1 – Wonderful Counselor

Week 2 – Everlasting Father

Week 3 – Prince of Peace

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:18-23


14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and[c] will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14


14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14