"A LIGHT HAS DAWNED"
DEC. 4TH, 2016
Life Group Study Guide: Loved what you heard on Sunday? Want to go deeper? The life group study guide will help you unpack what you heard on Sunday while diving deeper into God's word.
- What is one of your favorite Christmas traditions?
- What was the worst Christmas gift you ever received? What was the best Christmas gift you ever received?
- What insight, observation, or principle from this weekends message did you find most helpful, insightful, or troubling? Explain.
Isaiah 9 is a prophecy about the coming Messiah, God’s savior. Christians often read this passage of scripture during the Christmas season to remind us of the significance of Jesus coming into our world this promised Messiah.
- As a group spend some time reading through Isaiah 9. As you read highlight interesting verses, or places you may have a question.
- Isaiah 9:2 declares that, “ …those walking in darkness have seen a great light, on them a light has shined…” How is the world we live in a dark place? What is your answer for why world we live in such a dark place?
- In every Gospel account Jesus is referred to as light. Even Jesus himself called himself the light of the world. Read Matthew 4:16, John 1:9-10, John 8:12. Why do you think the Gospel writers choose to describe Jesus as the light? Is it a coincidence that Christmas is often celebrated with lights?
- Isaiah 9:6 describes the coming Messiah with several different titles. What were those titles? How do we see Jesus fulfill each of these titles in the scriptures? How has Jesus fulfilled these roles in your life?
- On Sunday Pastor Jason made this statement… “There has never been a gift offered that makes you swallow your pride to the depths that the gift of Jesus Christ requires us to do. Christmas means we are lost, so unable to save ourselves, that nothing less than the death of the Son of God himself could save us. That means that you are not somebody who can pull yourself together and live a moral and good life.” What are your thoughts about this statement? Does this truth change the way you see Christmas, yourself?
- This past Sunday we discovered three ways to respond to Jesus as the light of the world. See Sermon Notes. Which response is most applicable for you this Christmas?