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The Promise of Hope

All of Scripture points us to Jesus! The Old Testament is full of prophecies that point to the coming Messiah - Jesus Christ! As we look towards the Christmas season and celebrating the birth of Jesus join us in looking at three prophecies from Isaiah that point us to the Messiah and His plan of rescue for humanity!

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Sermon Series Discussion Questions

Week 1: The Promise of Hope 

 Read Isaiah 9:1-7  

 This famous prophecy of Isaiah is typically shared during the season of Advent, or in Christmas celebration, as a reminder of the prophecy concerning the coming Messiah - Jesus Christ. There is great hope and joy behind this prophecy, that one day, eternal peace and salvation will come to the people of God, and as we now celebrate, has come in Jesus Christ. However, Isaiah’s prophecy here seems to point more to an earthly-king, then a spiritual Messiah. Throughout the Gospel of John, however, we are reminded that Jesus’ Kingdom is not of this world. Isaiah 9:6-7 reminds us that Jesus’ kingdom is without end and cannot be shaken.

-  How does knowing, that Jesus has been, still is, and will continue to rule over all things affect the way you look at your life?

- How does it affect the way you look at the community around you?

 Week 2: By His Wounds 

 Read Isaiah 53:1-12 

 Our Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection are not in vain. They have secured for us forgiveness of sins, and everlasting life. But, they have also brought into a relationship with the One who knows our every pain, our every weakness, our every failure. And He still pours out His love and mercy upon us. As the people of God, living in the fulfillment of this Messianic Prophecy, we are called to follow in the way of our Savior, to bear each others struggles and failures, knowing that in His own suffering and death, He has already overcome them all. 

- What things do you still hold on to that you need to give up to Jesus?

- As Jesus bore our struggles, who around you might need someone to walk with them in Jesus-like care, love, and support?

Week 3: The Chosen Servant of All 

 Read Isaiah 42:1-9 

 This prophecy is written as God directly speaking to the chosen Messiah. He is laying before Him the call of salvation and the hope which He will fulfill. We see this lived out in the life of Jesus Christ, as He brought hope and healing to those in suffering. He grieved with those who were mourning. He even promised that His yoke would be light, His burden would be easy. This promised Messiah has not come to ultimately bring destruction but restoration, and reconciliation.   

In what areas of your life do you need to let Jesus serve you? (Provide care, heal, work for you, etc.) What have you been holding on to tightly?

- How might Jesus be calling you to be His hands and feet to your neighborhood?

Digital Resources

Family Discipleship (Parent blogs, music, Devotions, Activities, and Learning for Parents and Children)

Homefront Magazine (November Digital Download) - Activities, articles, recipes, and more for families to do together.
Homefront Magazine Blog - Even more activities, articles, recipes, and more for families to do together.
Parent Cue Blog - Simple reminders and helpful conversation starters to help parents lead their children.
Phase Blog - For leaders and parents to learn about the phase that their child or group is in.
Seeds Family Worship - Resources and worship music for young families.
Faith5 - Video resources to help parents guide their children through a daily conversation of "share, read, talk, pray, and bless".

Movie Reviews

Common Sense Media - Reviews from a parental perspective for movies, TV, books, apps, and more.
Plugged In - Movie reviews from Focus on the Family.

Right Now Media

Gloria Dei members have access to an online video library called RightNow Media with over 20,000 discipleship videos for kids, students and adults. This is a great resource for small groups, families, and anyone looking for a guided Bible study. 

To learn how to watch RightNow Media across any of your devices click here.

To access our RightNow Media membership, contact Becky Herrscher at

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