Questions for Family Worship

Advent | Take it Home: 12.03.23
1. What is the context of Isaiah 11? How does the failure of one king highlight the King to come?  
2. The wickedness of Judah during this time is staggering.  What does this text teach us about God’s love and his promises?
3. Why do you think Isaiah says that Jesus will come as a “shoot,” a tiny plant?
4. Why is Isaiah 52:13-53:12 such an important text as we celebrate the Advent season?

Take it Home: 11.26.23
  1. What does Isa. 12 teach us about the central role that thankfulness plays in the Christian life? Take some time this week to meditate on the blessings of salvation that we have in Christ and set aside time to praise and thank God for them.
  2. What does Isa. 12:2 teach us about the role that remembering God's mighty acts of redemption plays in bolstering our trust and confidence in him?
  3. How does the call to worship in Isa. 12:5 relate to evangelism and our calling to go and make disciples (see also Ps. 96:1-3)?

Take it Home: 11.19.23
1. The King will gather God’s people from all nations through a new exodus (11:10-16).  How is this promise fulfilled in Jesus?
2. What is so special about verse 10?
3. What OT event is used as a marker in this passage?  Why is it highlighted?
4. What does this chapter have to say about the future?How does it give you hope?  How does it motivate you to walk in obedience?

Take it Home: 11.12.23
1.How do you respond to the idea that by his Spirit Jesus is even now shaping your life with wisdom?
2.“In NT terms, (9:6-7) was fulfilled in Jesus’ incarnation, and (11:1-9) will be fulfilled in his second advent.” (Webb) How does this shape and motivate God’s people?
3.What light does Isaiah 11:6-9 shed on the created world? 

Take it Home: 11.05.23
1. Responding to difficult circumstances with a calm reliance on God is not easy, but it is one of the main points of this text.  What can we draw from this passage to push us to greater obedience in this area?
2. God can both judge his wicked people and hold out hope for them.  Considering God’s redemptive plan and how Isaiah points us to Jesus, lists the ways/ reasons this book gives you hope.
3. God’s purposes are not thwarted by humanities sin.  How does this give you hope?
4. What does this passage teach us about God’s timing?  Read 2 Peter 3:8.
5. Head/ Heart/ Hands - What does this passage push you to know?  What does it call you to love/ hate?  What does it call you to do?

Take it Home: 10.29.23
1. How does the doctrine of God's sovereignty help us see the folly of pride and arrogance?
2. Read Prov. 21:1. What does this text teach us about God? How should this text comfort us as God's children?
3. Read Prov. 16:18-20. How do these verses relate to our text this morning?
4. Take some time this week to talk about the dangers of pride and arrogance with your family and friends. Consider sharing stories about times you've had to learn the lesson of Prov. 16:18 the hard way.

Take it Home: 10.22.23
  1. The Mosaic covenant is the context of Isaiah. When we say “everything depends on Israel’s reaction” what do we mean? Read: (Leviticus 26; Deut. 4; Deut. 28).
  2. What is the attitude and posture of the people in 9:8-12? What does this say about their spiritual awareness? 
  3. What does 1 Peter 5 teach us about being under persecution? What is our “call to action” from this passage when we face difficult times?
  4. What is meant by God’s “mighty hand” and “outstretched arm”? Read: (Deuteronomy 4:34; 5:15; 7:19; 11:2; 26:8). Notice how humanities rebellion changes the tone of this phrase. Notice how Isaiah and other prophets use this phrase not as a comfort but as a threat.
  5. Notice the “social anarchy” of 9:18-21. “No one spares another.” Do you see signs of this today in our culture?

Take It Home: 10.15.23

1. Why is life without God a life of darkness and gloom? How is that borne out in your own experiences?
2. How do you tend to respond when things seem gloomy? Where do you recognize yourself in Isaiah 8 & 9?
3. How does this portrait of Jesus encourage and strengthen you?
4. 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?