Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on November 28, 2021
Passage: Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 4:14-16
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, Wonderful Counselor. In the first part of our Christmas at NorthStar series, Mike Linch will showed us why we still need Jesus to be our Wonderful Counselor today.
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
What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given by someone older and wiser?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. The prophet Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah. He said a son would be given (signifying Jesus’ divinity) and a child would be born (signifying Jesus’ humanity). In the following passage, how would Jesus be able to identify with our human experience?
Isaiah 53:3-5 (NLT)
3 He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. 4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.
- What does this passage tell you about how Jesus loves you?
- How is the story of Christmas incomplete if we leave Jesus in the stable?
- What did Jesus’ crucifixion accomplish for you?
2. In the message, Mike said that Jesus came as a Wonderful Counselor. What does the following passage tell us about why the wisdom of Jesus is better than the wisdom of the world?
1 Corinthians 1:24-30 (NLT2)
24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.
- Why is following your heart not always the best advice?
- What is your plan for listening to and following the wise counsel of Jesus?
3. One of the things that makes Jesus our Wonderful Counselor is that He is always available. If Jesus is always available to give us counsel, why do we sometimes not go to Him and instead, rely on our own rationale?
- What keeps you from going to the Lord for wisdom more often than you do?
- What is one area of your life where you especially need His wisdom right now?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?