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Discussion Questions: An Everlasting Kingdom

Read Isaiah 9:1-7

  1. How do you typically respond when life gets gloomy and dark? What is the gloom and darkness that Isaiah says the people of God are walking in (vv. 1-2; Isa. 8:22; 2 Kgs. 15:29; 2 Kgs.17:6)? Why is life without God, a life of darkness and gloom?
  2. How is darkness going to be replaced with light and gloom replaced with joy (vv. 3-5; Jdg. 7:19-25; Isa. 2:4)? In what sense does Jesus fulfill the prophecy of multiplying the nations (vs. 3; Eph. 2:11-21)?
  3. What is the relationship between the sign of Immanuel and the prophecy of a child to be born (vv. 6-7; Isa. 7:10-17)? How is Jesus a fulfillment of these prophecies (Matt. 4:12-17; Lk. 1:31-33)?
  4. How does the prophecy of the child change your perspective on political or social issues (vs. 6)? What aspect of his character feels particularly relevant to your life or the life of your church right now?
  5. What do people around you fear? How could you show that you believe in a God who is bigger than those fears (cf. Isa. 8:12-13; Col. 1:21-22)? What injustices or conflicts are you praying for God to put an end to in light of this passage?