Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

A Son is Given: Wonderful Counselor

Isaiah 9:6

 

1. How does Isa. 9:6 argue for the deity of Christ?

 

2. Jehovah’s Witnesses & Muslims argue, “The deity of Christ was contrived at the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325.” How would you respond? 

 

3. Why does Jesus qualify as a perfect mediator?

 

4. What makes Jesus sooo wonderful?

 

5. How has Jesus been a “wonder” to you?

 

6. When I talked about “To the teaching & to the testimony” (Isa. 8:20), I said that this is one of the Christian’s presuppositions / starting points / what we bring to the table. What does that mean?

 

7. Do you remember why I cross referenced Ps. 144:1 “Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, & my fingers for battle”?

 

8. How does the fact that God spoke to a king (Isa. 8) - & He helps farmers / peasants(Isa. 28) – apply to all of us?

 

9. How has God helped you in every day life – whether it be your job, family, making a decision or a different arena?

 

10. How does Isa. 63:14 bring us “full circle” to Isa. 9:6?

Psalm for Prayer - December 4, 2017

Psalm 85:1–2, 8-13 (ESV)

1 Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah

8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.

9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.

11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.

12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.

13 Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.

Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

A Son is Given: No More Gloom and Doom

Isaiah 9:1-5

 

1.     Can you give an overview of the national and military situation that surrounds Isaiah 7-9?

2.     How does darkness overwhelm a person like it overwhelmed the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulon?  What role did “the way of the sea” play in their darkness?

3.     What does John 3:16-21 teach about darkness and how God’s people should deal with it?

4.     Read Isaiah 7:1-2. Do you believe that Ahaz’s fear is reasonable?  What are your greatest fears? Do you think they are reasonable or unreasonable?

5.     From Isaiah 7:3-14, what measures does God take to help squelch Ahaz’s fears?  Further, how does God graciously work and encourage you to be joyful instead of fearful in the face of horrific adversity?

6.     According to Isaiah 8:11-13 and 19-21, what role does the Scripture play in helping us face and deal with fear?  What practical Scriptural tactics do you personally employ in facing and dealing with fear?

Psalm for Prayer - November 27, 2017

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony. Of Asaph, a Psalm.

1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.

2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us!

3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

4 O Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

5 You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure.

6 You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves.

7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

 

17 But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!

18 Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name!

19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

The Preeminence of Christ on Thanksgiving

 

 

If you're like me, you're scrambling around today trying to make sure you've got everything stocked for Thanksgiving. I made a yuuuuge (bigly!) shopping trip Monday night, but lo and behold, everyone in town needed crushed pineapple. Also, Mom’s prescription wasn't stocked. And I forgot the cranberry juice cocktail. So I will be going back to the store at least once before Thanksgiving, maybe twice, if the pineapple hoarders get there before me. 

Thanksgiving always poses a slight problem for me .... read more here. 

Psalm for Prayer - November 20, 2017

Psalm 100 (ESV)

A Psalm for giving thanks.

1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!

2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

3 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

1. What do you think the connection between “humble yourselves” in verse 6 and “casting your anxieties on Him” in verse 7 is?

 

2. What are some things that could potentially cloud your mind so that you are not as watchful as you should be?

 

3. What do we learn about how the Devil attacks us in verse 8?

 

4. From verse 9, what do you believe it means to be “firm in your faith”?

 

5. How does knowing that someone else is experiencing or has experienced the same struggles that you have encourage you?

 

6. How many things can you count in this passage that we learn about God? Which is the most encouraging to you?

 

7.  After working through this passage, in what way(s) do you need to be a doer of the Word?

Psalm for Prayer - November 13, 2017

Psalm 123 (ESV)

A Song of Ascents.

1 To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!

2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he has mercy upon us.

3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.

4 Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.

Psalm for Prayer - November 6, 2017

Psalm 78:1–11 (ESV)

1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth!

2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,

3 things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

5 He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,

6 that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children,

7 so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;

8 and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

9 The Ephraimites, armed with the bow, turned back on the day of battle.

10 They did not keep God’s covenant, but refused to walk according to his law.

11 They forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them.