What comes to mind when you think about God? It’s a simple yet revealing question. Unless it’s the Christmas season, most of us don’t think about Jesus being born, but over the next few weeks we’re going to look at Isaiah 9:6 to see what this prophecy surrounding Jesus’ birth can teach us about the character of God.

Start Talking

  • What is your favorite gift you received as a child for Christmas?
  • What is one of your favorite parts of Christmas? 
  • What do you do to continue to focus on the birth of Jesus during this season?
  • As you consider this Christmas season, would you say that you or those around are weary? In what ways?

Read This

Read Isaiah 9:1-9:6

  • What stands out to you?
  • Who is “Us” in verse 6?
  • What does “Mighty God” mean?

Read also Isaiah 40:29-31

  • What stands out to you?
  • How do you get the strength of God?

We can learn a lot from Paul in The Bible in regards to weariness and receiving strength from God. Paul, one of the first missionaries, and author of much of the New Testament is vulnerable with us in the scriptures to the point that we understand he grows weary in doing good!

  • Read 2 Corinthians 12:7 together. What is Paul talking about?
  • How does Paul respond to this “thorne”?
  • What is God’s response and why?
  • Talk about a time that a weakness in your life has led you to depend on God’s strength.

Talk about 2 Corinthians 12:9. What is Paul’s response to his weakness?

What Now

Jeff said these things in regards to weakness:

  • Weakness leads to dependence”  (2 Corinthians 12:10). If this is true, then our weaknesses are a good thing when they are submitted to God. Therefore, is there a weakness in your life you need to start rejoicing in rather than lamenting about? Are you allowing a weakness in your life to keep you from doing what God has called you to do?
  • God’s strength is promised for tomorrow but is provided for today”.  How can you position yourself DAILY to receive God’s strength?
  • God’s strength is a prayerful journey of one step at a time”. Would you consider committing to praying this each day this week: “Lord I need you today, please give me your strength”.

How can this group join you in focusing on the Mighty God this week?

 


Additional Resources

The Thrill of Hope by Christy Nockels (Song)
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus by Hillsong Worship (Song)