Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on December 9, 2018:
- SUNDAY: Isaiah 9,
- MONDAY: Luke 2,
- TUESDAY: Luke 12,
- WEDNESDAY: Revelation 20,
- THURSDAY: Revelation 21,
- FRIDAY: Isaiah 9,
- SATURDAY: Luke 2,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Messiah Sermon Title: A Miraculous Birth
Delivered On: December 2, 2018
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
Thank God for humbly entering history to make a way for you to know His love and plan for your life. Give Him praise for offering salvation through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. Pray for boldness to invite non-believing friends and family to church this Christmas season for a service or for the Christmas program.
A Bold Invitation: Christmas is a great time to invite friends and family members to church who don't normally attend. It is also a great time to reach out to someone who use to attend Shoreline but you have not seen for a long time. Pray for the Lord to put one or two people (or families) on your heart and commit to give a kind but bold invitation to Sunday or the Christmas Eve Service. You can pick up extra invitations at the Connections Center.
Small Group Discussion
Tell about an interesting or creative “Save the Date” that you have received or sent. How would you respond to a “Save the Date” announcement that came ten years before the event?
The “Save the Date” prophecy that God sent through Isaiah came not ten years before the vent, but about 700 years! How do you think the people in Isaiah’s days would have responded to this strange and cryptic announcement?
Read: Isaiah 7:10-17. What is the setting and context of this prophecy? Even if they did not have a deep sense of what this prophecy was really pointing to, how would it have brought hope and encouragement?
There were really three core messages in this prophecy:
・A virgin will become pregnant.
・God would come to us in the form of a baby.
・Deliverance was coming through this child.
What was shocking and surprising about each of these aspects of the prophecy?
Read: Matthew 1:18-25. How did Jesus fulfill the three core messages of the prophecy of Isaiah?
How have you experienced God’s intimate presence with you through your faith in Jesus?
What are some of the ways Jesus has delivered you (spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially, and in other ways)?
Who are one or two people you love and care about who still need to know the presence and salvation that Jesus offers them? How can your group members pray for these people and for you as you seek to share God’s great Christmas story with them?