Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on December 5, 2021
Passage: Isaiah 9:1-2,6; Colossians 2:12-14; Matthew 6:9-10; 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
Seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah prophesied about a coming Messiah who would be a light that would lead the people out of their darkness. Before Mary and Joseph named Jesus at his birth, Isaiah gave Him the name, Mighty God. In part two of our Christmas at NorthStar series, Steve Roach talked about how we can experience Jesus as our Mighty God.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, or challenged you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
In Isaiah 9:6, the prophet gives the coming Messiah (Jesus) the name of “Mighty God.” The word “mighty” means “hero-like” and unable to be defeated. Who is your favorite movie super hero and why?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message, Steve said that one of the ways we experience the power of Jesus is by trusting in what Jesus did for us in his birth, life, death, and resurrection. According to Colossians 2:12-14, what did Jesus do for those who have trusted in Him and his mighty power? Make a list below from these verses of what you find.
Colossians 2:12-14 (NLT2)
12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
Using the list of things you jotted down, take a few moments to say a prayer of thanks to Him for all He has done for you.
2. Another way that we experience the mighty power of Jesus is by joining Him in the work that He is doing all around us. Steve mentioned that when Jesus came the first time, His purpose was to redeem the sinner. But the second time He comes, He will come to repair the world. What do the following verses tell us about what Jesus is doing now and what He will do when He returns?
1 Timothy 1:15 (NLT2)
15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.
John 12:46-48 (NLT2)
46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. 47 I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. 48 But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken.
Romans 8:18-21 (NLT2)
18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. 19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.
How do these verses give you hope based on what you are currently going through in our broken world?
3. A third way that we can experience the mighty power of Jesus is through the work that He is doing in us through His Spirit. According to the following passage, when did the Apostle Paul experience God’s power the most?
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NLT2)
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
How does understanding our weaknesses help us experience God’s mighty power?
Paul was glad to “boast” or talk openly about how he is weak and therefore needed Christ’s power to accomplish his ministry. When you encounter those who know you best, do you ever talk about how you need the Lord’s power to do what you do?
Why do you think God works most powerfully through those who are humble and dependent on Him?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?