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"The Slow Revelation of Hope"

Introduction

Welcome to the advent season y’all! To kick off our lead up to Christmas, we are turning over the service to the kids for another Jesus Club. Through their eyes, we want to explore the theme of hope, and what the early revelations of Jesus may have meant to the people hearing them. With the kids, we wanted to try and understand what the prophecies of Jesus’ first coming on earth would have sounded like to those hearing it. How would the small snippets and whispers of a coming king have meant to them? We explored this by choosing Isaiah 9:6, which features four names ascribed to the future king the exiles in Babylon were given. We talked about what we thought of when first heard these names, what they might look like in our lives and what hope was instilled in us upon hearing them. Join us this Sunday as we seek to see the slow reveal of the hope we have in Jesus through the eyes of our kids here at Grace!

Grace and peace y’all,
Logan Wilton, The Teaching Team, and the wise children here at Grace

Big Idea

The act of hoping can feel like a slow, arduous crawl at times. How do we receive the good news of Jesus when it feels like chaos is all around us?

Text

Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.

The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

Take Away

Though hope can be hard to see in the midst of chaos, sometimes the smallest of reminders can spark the most wondrous visions of hope for our lives. Our kids remind us of the power of names and the hope we can find in the person of Jesus.

What next?

The second Sunday of Advent!

How does this fit with Belong, Become, Believe?

At grace, our practice of inviting people to belong comes from our belief that peace has actually been given to us, all of us. That no longer are there things between us that make us enemies or outcasts. This practice is what helps us understand both who we are to become and what we are to believe.

What’s Next?

The third Sunday of Advent: Joy!

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