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All Is Bright, Week 1: Anticipating Hope
December 17, 2023
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Isaiah 8:21-22

All Is Bright, Week 1: Anticipating Hope

December 17, 2023 / Isaiah 8:21-22

Proverbs 13:12a (NLT)

Isaiah 8:21–22, 9:2, 9:6 (NIV)

 Micah 7:7 (NIV) 

1 John 1: 1-4 (The Message)

John 14:12 (NIV)

⇒ Our hope hangs on before seeing.

1 Peter 1:8 (NIV)

John 1:12 (NIV) 

⇒ Our hope hangs on that He in us.

John 1:1–5, 1:9, 1:14  (NIV)

Colossians 1:27 (NIV)

Ephesians 2:12 (NIV)

Romans 15:13 (NIV)

⇒ Our hope hangs on the  has yet to come.

1 Corinthians 2:9  (NIV)

Theme:  Fulfilling Christmas

Share Together

What is your outlook on the holiday season and how has your past shaped your feelings about it?

Reflect Together

What impacted you the most from last Sunday’s Message?

Read & Discuss Together  Isaiah 8:21–22
  • What is Isaiah’s description of the spiritual condition of Israel at the time? How does it compare to the condition of our culture today, and even the holiday season?

Read & Discuss Together  Isaiah 9:2-6 & John 1:4 & 9
  • What does Isaiah say are the results of the power of light that God offers? Why is Light such a significant, meaningful and spiritual metaphor for Jesus to you personally, as reflected in the prophetic titles given to Him in Isaiah 9:6?

Read & Discuss Together  Galatians 4:4–5, 2 Peter 3:8–9
  • Why do you think Jesus came when He did? What is a specific example of how God’s timing was perfect in your life? When has God had to wait for you?

Read & Discuss Together  Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:7–9
  • What is significant about the promise and fulfillment of Jesus coming to the right place? Why does proximity matter when it comes to where God places us?

Read & Discuss Together  Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:31–35
  • What is the significance of the promise and fulfillment of the virgin birth and why does it matter to us today?

Read & Discuss Together  Isaiah 53:4–5 & Colossians 1:19–23
  • What is the significance of the promise and fulfillment of the reason Jesus came?

Discuss Together
  • In light of God’s promises fulfilled through Christ, what do you specifically pray for that He would fulfill personally in your life and the lives of those you care about this Christmas season?

Pray Together
  • Take time to share updates on how God is answering prayer and pray for specific needs in your group/family.

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