From Lost Cause to New Hope

By December 9, 2018 December 10th, 2018 Not Yet Christmas
  1. Read Isaiah 40 incarnationally. Where do you find yourself in this text?
  2. Read Isaiah 9.1-7 how does this prophetic passage encourage you? How would it have encouraged the people of Israel
  3. In what ways would the people of Israel have believed they were a “lost cause?”
  4. The promise of Advent is “from lost cause to new hope.”  What resonates most deeply in you when reflecting on this truth?
  5. In what ways do you speak “comfort” and “tenderness”? When was the last time someone spoke “comfort” to you? What difference did their words make in you and through you?
  6. Whom in your world needs to hear a comforting message of hope? How might God be calling you to share it?
  7. In what ways are you “making straight the way of the Lord?”
  8. Isaiah says, “God’s word endures forever.” What would that phrase mean to the people of Israel? In a world that is constantly changing how do you hold fast to the constant Word of God? How do you see the Word today differently than you did a year ago, five years ago?
  9. How do you see God at work, today?
  10. Scripture refers to God as our Shepherd, Jesus our Good Shepherd. How are you currently experiencing His shepherding? How might He be inviting you to shepherd others?
Next Post