Happy Christmas Eve Everyone!
During the week of Christmas we have created a special set of readings for the Daily. Over the course of this week we will be taking a break from our readings in 2 Corinthians and be looking at several other areas of scripture which point to the importance of the Christmas season. The importance is that God came to live among us by taking on flesh. We hope you have time to slow down to focus on the incarnation of Christ. Maybe you have been counting down the days till Christmas since September. The truth is that over two thousand years ago many people were counting down to a savior. They anxiously awaited for this messiah and the prophet Isaiah even foretold this savior in the Old Testament which is where our reading is today. - Austin
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (In large group)
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.
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.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ How does Isaiah describe the people in vs. 2?
_ What do the people see? (Read John 8:12)
_ Who does vs. 6 describe? How do it describe him?
_ What the names that are given in vs. 6?
_ In vs. 7 what does it say will have no end?
_ What will he uphold His kingdom with in vs. 7?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)