On Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a sermon based on Isaiah 9:1-7 and Matthew 4:12-17. This message was part 1 in the “Christmas Light” sermon series. Below are a list of questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.
- Read Isaiah 9:1-7
- In what way do you think that “lights” are especially relevant decorations for Christians at Christmas time?
- Reading Isaiah 9:1-2, we see the audience described as in anguish, gloom, contempt, and in darkness. What evidence do you see today that our world also struggles from these conditions?
- What are some of the things you see in the world today that make you long for God to intervene and set things “right”?
- How have you personally dealt with the “darkness” of the world? Are you dealing with despair, depression, etc. right now?
- The coming of the “child” in Isaiah’s prophecy brings with it a number of “upgrades” described in Isaiah 9:1-7. Does it surprise you that the coming of Jesus brings with it so many societal changes? We talk often of Jesus saving us from our sins, but this prophecy speaks of Jesus changing the world!
- Jesus came to turn on the light and rebuild the world. Have you repented of your sin, and begun living your life in the light of Jesus?
- Who will you invite into the light with you this Christmas season?
- What is one particular application you took away from this message?
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