We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship together in small groups or as a family this Christmas season.
Call to Worship
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this” (Isa 9:6–7). In the person of Jesus Christ–God has entered into this broken world and established a new kingdom for us to belong to forever by securing our redemption through the blood of his Son. Praise God for his extraordinary mercy. Praise him that his kingdom was established through the meek and lowly Servant. Praise him that his Son will return to sit on the throne of David forever.
Father, we come to you boldly as your sons and daughters because Jesus has come to us, he has fulfilled the law, he has died for the forgiveness of our sins and has raised us from the dead; making a way for us again to fellowship with you. As your people, set apart from the world, we come asking that your Holy Spirit would cause us to worship you as we sing and to hear from you as we listen to the preaching of your word. We pray that we would love you more as we reflect on your great kindness to us through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Joy to the World
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Watch the Sermon
Summary: Today, with information, cultural opinions, and viewpoints expressed everywhere and all claiming to have the angle on truth, God has been gracious to provide the world with a Counselor. Isaiah 9:6–7 identifies several different names that define the character and work of the promised Messiah. In our passage, we will observe the first name mentioned, "Wonderful Counselor". This title provides insight into the work that the Messiah came to accomplish: both in performing wondrous signs and miracles, as well as providing perfect insight, instruction, and wisdom through His life and teaching. His birth and incarnation speak to the unfathomable power and wisdom of God, and He comes to us in all humility as he teaches us in truth. His wisdom is unmatched and we can come to him with all things in our lives (which should be of great comfort to us!). The wisdom of the cross is counterintuitive and paradoxical, and is a stumbling block to the rational world; requiring us to lay down our wisdom and to trust in God's wisdom alone– which saves us through faith in the Messiah. We need the counsel and wisdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has been given to the world to provide exactly what we need. May we praise him and marvel at his uniqueness, and trust in his reign and rule over our lives!
Review and Apply
How does this specific title point to the two aspects of Jesus's earthly ministry: mighty words and amazing deeds?
In what ways have you received wise counsel from Christ and His word?
How do you guard against trusting the wisdom/counsel of man over God's wisdom?
How does the Incarnation display the Wisdom of God?
O Come All Ye Faithful & Silent Night
Father, you have given us your word, with incredible truth revealed in it, that we might know you and love you more. Thank you for loving us and providing the Lord Jesus as Savior and King of your people. As we have heard your word proclaimed, we ask that you would help us respond faithfully to this truth, both in worship and obedience. Thank you for hearing these prayers for Christ's glory and our good. Amen.