Dec 19, 2021
The Servant of the Lord – Isaiah 42:1-9
Series: Isaiah
Questions for Discussion & Application
  1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
  2. Where is this prophecy quoted or referenced in the New Testament? (See Matthew 12:18-21). Who is the Servant spoken of in Isaiah 42? 
  3. What does it mean for Jesus to bring justice to the nations? How is this already happening? In what way do we still long for it to happen? 
  4. Why is it significant that Jesus does not reject lowly and weak people but chooses to build His just Kingdom through them? How does this encourage you?
  5. How is Jesus a light to the nations? Why is this metaphor so helpful for us in understanding His mission? (See John 1:9, John 8:12, & Colossians 1:13).   
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  • Dec 19, 2021The Servant of the Lord – Isaiah 42:1-9
    Dec 19, 2021
    The Servant of the Lord – Isaiah 42:1-9
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Where is this prophecy quoted or referenced in the New Testament? (See Matthew 12:18-21). Who is the Servant spoken of in Isaiah 42? 
    3. What does it mean for Jesus to bring justice to the nations? How is this already happening? In what way do we still long for it to happen? 
    4. Why is it significant that Jesus does not reject lowly and weak people but chooses to build His just Kingdom through them? How does this encourage you?
    5. How is Jesus a light to the nations? Why is this metaphor so helpful for us in understanding His mission? (See John 1:9, John 8:12, & Colossians 1:13).   
  • Dec 12, 2021The Greatness of God – Isaiah 40
    Dec 12, 2021
    The Greatness of God – Isaiah 40
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. In what sense did John the Baptist fulfill the words of Isaiah 40:3-5 (see Mark 1:1-8)?
    3. How might Isaiah 40:6-8 give us more confidence in our effort to evangelize and in our calling to be countercultural as Christians? (See also I Peter 1:23-25.)
    4. We definitely see the greatness of God beautifully described in Isaiah 40. Is there a description of His greatness that really stands out to you? Why? 
    5. What does Isaiah 40:26-31 teach us to do with our weariness and weakness? How has God been your strength in such times?
  • Dec 5, 2021God’s Rescue of Jerusalem – Isaiah 37
    Dec 5, 2021
    God’s Rescue of Jerusalem – Isaiah 37
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. The Assyrians taunt God’s people and ridicule God. How do we see this same thing happening today? Should we be angry or fearful at such taunts and ridicule?  Why not?
    3. What can we learn from Hezekiah’s humble prayer? How does his prayer challenge you in your own prayer life?
    4. What motivated God’s miraculous defense of Jerusalem? (See Isaiah 37:35.) How does a desire that God be known and honored by all the nations of the earth impact how you live and pray?
    5. Does it encourage your faith to learn of this historically verifiable miracle which demonstrated God’s power? How do you need to trust more deeply in the power of God in your own life?
  • Nov 28, 2021Don’t Go Down to Egypt! – Isaiah 31
    Nov 28, 2021
    Don’t Go Down to Egypt! – Isaiah 31
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Why was Judah tempted to seek help from Egypt rather than trusting God when threatened by Assyria?
    3. What “Egypt” have you been tempted to trust in rather than the Lord?
    4. How have you experienced such misplaced trust to be folly?
    5. What are the many different areas where we are tempted to trust in man and not God? What helps you to remember to turn from such false trusts? (See Isaiah 40:6-8, I Peter 1:22-25, & Psalm 20:7.)
    6. What command did God give to Judah in verse 6? How does this command apply to us?       
  • Nov 21, 2021A Song of Trust in the Wait – Isaiah 26:1-9
    Nov 21, 2021
    A Song of Trust in the Wait – Isaiah 26:1-9
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Judah needed to trust God and His promises (as seen in chapters 13-25) even as the nation was suffering at the hands of Assyria and Jerusalem was threatened by this empire. In what difficult circumstances do you need to trust God and His promises?
    3. What city is described in verses 1-2? How does Revelation 21:22-27 shed light on this?
    4. According to verse 3-4, what will give us peace in our minds? Where are you struggling to have peace? What do you need to do about this?  (See Philippians 4:6-7)
    5. Verses 8-9 describe God’s name and renown being the desire of our hearts and describe a soul that yearns and longs for Him? How is this like or not like your experience with God?
  • Nov 7, 2021Seeing the Bigger Picture – Isaiah 13-25
    Nov 7, 2021
    Seeing the Bigger Picture – Isaiah 13-25
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. How are you tempted to pursue human glory? Why is this pointless and dangerous?
    3. How does an awareness of God being in control change the way you live?
    4. What is the only way we can be prepared for the coming judgement of God? Are you prepared?
    5. Why is the Lord’s judgement actually a good thing? How could you defend this idea to someone who doesn’t think it is good?
  • Oct 31, 2021We Cannot Be Silent – Isaiah 12:1-6
    Oct 31, 2021
    We Cannot Be Silent – Isaiah 12:1-6
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Why does an experience of God’s salvation change us? What descriptions of being changed by God’s grace do we see in Isaiah 12? How has your own experience of God’s salvation changed you?
    3. What do you think verse 3 means? How might it point forward to Jesus and His conversation with the woman at the well in John 4:4-30?
    4. What does Isaiah 12 say to us about singing? Why is singing such an important response to our experience of salvation?
    5. Do you think that verses 4-6 are primarily about joyful worship, evangelism to the peoples in all the earth, or both?
    6. Why are joyful worship and evangelism necessarily linked together? Does your joyful, thankful worship of the God who has saved you flow out of you in sharing Him with others? What is an example of this from your life? 
  • Oct 24, 2021A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse – Isaiah 11:1-10
    Oct 24, 2021
    A Shoot from the Stump of Jesse – Isaiah 11:1-10
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Is it surprising to you that Jesus needed the Spirit of the LORD to rest on Him? Why is it also important that the Spirit comes to rest upon us as believers in Jesus (see Acts 2:3)?
    3. How do we see that Jesus made good and right judgments in His earthly life and ministry? When will He ultimately judge all people righteously?
    4. What foretastes of the perfect peace that Jesus will establish do we get to enjoy now? How has this impacted your life personally?
    5. How is the church today a part of fulfilling verse 9b-10? How are you participating in this fulfillment through your own life?
  • Oct 10, 2021Seeing God’s Faithfulness – Exodus 2:23-3:22
    Oct 10, 2021
    Seeing God’s Faithfulness – Exodus 2:23-3:22
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. How can you relate to Israel’s seemingly impossible situation?
    3. God has promised that people from every tribe will be saved and be present around Jesus’ throne in heaven (Revelation 7). What are the obstacles that can make this feel impossible?
    4. Do you ever struggle to trust the faithfulness of God? What has helped you to continue trusting Him?
    5. We express our trust in the faithfulness of God through prayer and obedience? How have you experienced this to be true in your own life?
    6. Why is Jesus the greatest expression of God’s faithfulness?
  • Oct 3, 2021Assyria, the Lord’s Tool – Isaiah 10:5-19
    Oct 3, 2021
    Assyria, the Lord’s Tool – Isaiah 10:5-19
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Is there ever a time when God is not in control? Even when His enemies seem to be strong?
    3. How have you seen God work through persons who are rebellious against Him?
    4. What successes do you need to give credit to God for?
    5. How will God ultimately humble His enemies? (See Revelation 20:11-15.)
    6. How does it encourage you to see the bigger picture of what God is doing and how things will ultimately end?