Part 1: Isaiah 9:1-7

Life Group Questions:

  1. What did you learn from week one of our series “Do Not Be Afraid?”
  2. Read Isaiah 9:1. What would that verse have meant to those that read it? What did it represent to them?
  3. How does walking in spiritual darkness contrast to walking in spiritual light?
  4. Read Isaiah 9:4 and Matthew 11:28-30. What did you learn about yokes? (I.e. animals at harvest, discipline, fear, rest) How can you apply this principle to your life?
  5. Look at verses 6 and 7. Read the description of who Jesus is and what He will accomplish. Who in your life needs to hear about Him this Christmas?
  6. What in my past is weighing me down from walking in the light?
  7. How can our group pray for you this week?


Sermon Notes and Scripture:



Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan The 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 9:1-7

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30


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