Today is Thursday, November 30th, 2017.  There are times when we catch a glimpse of the peace that is to come. The reconciliation of all things that Christ has and will bring to this world. Christmas time is one of those times of year that we wish peace upon all mankind whether that be saint or sinner. This is the peace that Christ brings. When we look to Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew today we can see the dawn of that peace that began with Christ's birth. We long for the shalom that will eventually come. For now, until Christ’s return, we have the joy of knowing that light has come to the darkness and Christ, The Prince of Peace, has given us reason to rejoice. - Austin

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever seen a glimpse of the peace that Jesus has brought to the world or is bringing?
_ How has the Lord used you, big or small, to help bring about peace to the world?

PRAY
Take time to thank God for His grace and His love for us to bring light to the darkness by coming as the Prince of Peace. Pray that we would realize this peace more fully in each of our lives by bringing peace to those around us.

DISCOVER  [Isaiah 9:1-6, Matt 4:14-16]

 

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

9 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,  on them has light shone. 3 You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood    will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,   and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Matthew 4:14-16

14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16 the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,   on them a light has dawned.

_ In vs. 1 What was in the former time? What was in the latter time?
_ In vs. 2 What happened to those who were in darkness?
_ In vs. 3 What happened to the nations?
_ In vs What happened to the yoke the staff and the rod?
_ What will be burned in vs. 5?
_ What are the names of the child, this son?
_In Matt 4:16 What happened to the people?

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience?  (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)

_ Where do you see peace dawning in your community?
_ How can you bring light to those in darkness during this advent season?  
_ Is there any hard area of your life that you feel like peace will never come to? How can you pray for change?

+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?