By Dan Lentz
1. Have everyone get out their wallets, pocketbooks, or smartphones and show one meaningful photo they carry with them. Ask each person to explain why that photo is special.
Read Isaiah 9:1-7.
2. These verses are word pictures or virtual photos of things to come. What are some of the pictures you “see” from these verses?
3. There are many prophetic references to Jesus in these verses. If you had to use these verses to describe Jesus to someone who had not met him before, what would you say?
4. Of all the pictures of Jesus in this passage, which ones are the most meaningful to you and why?
5. If some of the people in your picture are not believers, spend some time praying for them specifically. Also, pray for other not-yet-Christ-followers you are currently reaching out to. Encourage one another to use the pictures of Jesus in these verses when talking to these folks.
Dan Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.