Today is Wednesday, December 13, 2017. We continue our advent series, City of Peace, with Isaiah 26:1-12. We see total reliance on God’s strength for protection and redemption of a fallen world. Note the timeless and precious tools for living in a world of turmoil and as we draw closer to commemorating Christ’s birth, praise God for sending his Son (the ultimate act of peace). - Todd

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What conditions make peace difficult? What level of peace do you think you could have in times filled with turmoil (e.g. war times)?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)

PRAY
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.

DISCOVER  [Isaiah 26:1-12]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn?
(Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)

1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks. 2 Open the gates, that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in. 3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. 5 For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust. 6 The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy." 7 The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous. 8 In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. 9 My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. 10 If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he deals corruptly and does not see the majesty of the LORD. 11 O LORD, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed. Let the fire for your adversaries consume them. 12 O LORD, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done for us all our works.

- What is the condition for perfect peace (v.3)?
- What parallels from verses 5 and 6 do we see in our current times?
- What timeless promise does verses 7 and 8 offer to comfort us in light of the previous two verses?
- What are the positive outgrowths of God’s “tough love” in verses 9 through 10?
- What are the implications for our own lives?

+ 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)
- How do I live an assured and peaceful life, even in times of turmoil?
- How does the Isaiah 26:1-12 offer practical instructions for today’s world?  

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