Oct 11, 2013

Hoping for the Prince of Peace {Isaiah 9:6}

Verse: For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.  The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Because Christmas falls on different days each year, Advent can last 22 to 28 days.  Advent celebrates the coming of Christ and unveils God's redemptive plan and the depth of His love for you through the gift  He sent at Christmas.

For the season of Advent, I will be including a reading that will take you through the story of Christmas from the Scriptures.  If you do not read these passages, you can still talk about the concepts in the memory verse, however, reading the story will really deepen your experience.  Enjoy! 

Suggested Reading: Isaiah 9:2-6; Isaiah 11:1-5

Main Idea: The first week of Advent focuses on Hope.  Hope is defined as "a feeling of expectation or trust that a certain thing will happen." Isaiah was a prophet, which is a person chosen by God to share God's message with the world.  In the book of Isaiah, you can find Isaiah's prophesy about Jesus.

Before Jesus was born, the hope was for a Messiah, a Savior - JESUS!  While the early believers only had hope that a Messiah would come, we know that He did come. Now we have a confident hope that when we believe in Him, we know He will be with us every day of our lives and we will be with Him in Heaven when our lives are over. Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace!

2} During the beginning of the Advent season, we focus on the hope that we have in Jesus.  Christmastime is the time of year we celebrate Jesus' birthday!  We view Jesus as a gift.  Why can we see the birth of Jesus as a gift for us?
3} Why do you think Jesus came to earth as a baby instead of a grown-up? 
4}This week's memory verse says "the government will rest on his shoulders", this means that Jesus is coming to take the burden of the world on his shoulders.  Have you ever helped carry something really heavy? Have you ever helped "carry" a friend's sadness? What was that like?  Do you think it was hard for Jesus to carry all the sadness, anger and hurt feelings of the world on his shoulders?  Why do you think he did that?
5} The memory verse talks about four different aspects of who Jesus is to us. Read those four "names", discuss which each of them means for us.
6} Look again at the four names given to describe Jesus, which one of those names describes how you see God most of the time?

This is the first week in this theme!
Here is the whole month-long theme and memory verses that go with it!

Hoping for the Prince of Peace {Isaiah 9:6}
Preparing for a Savior {John 8:12}
The Joy of His Presence {Acts 2:28}
God's Love in the World {John 3:16-17}

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For an explanation of this project visit here.

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