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

  • Talk about your favorite TV/Movie dad. What do you like about him?
  • How would you describe your own father? Would you use any of these descriptors?
    • Absent Father
    • Abusive Father
    • Performance Based Father
    • Passive Father
    • Antagonistic Father
    • Distracted Father
    • Enriching Father
  • What is your favorite quality you see in your dad?
  • Do you personally see God as a father? If yes, talk about what you have experienced to make this true.

Read This

God is not a reflection of our own fathers, He is the perfection of them. They in fact, in their best moments, reflect Him! Where they are weak, He is very strong, and this is good news. 

Take note of the qualities of God versus our oftentimes imperfect fathers. Read these verses out loud together:

What Now

  • Regardless of what your relationship with your own dad looks like (whether it is good, bad, or nonexistent), it is good news for all of us that God is a perfect Heavenly father. He sees us, cares for us, provides for us, and wants us. We can find all we need in Him. Where do you currently need to see God as Father in your life?
  • For the next five days, start your day by listening to the song : Good Good Father . Allow the truth of these lyrics to soak into your heart and mind. As you do, pay attention to what God is telling you!

Additional Resources

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