Peace In The Darkness

Part 2

December 20, 2020 • Pastor Andrea Isaacs

SERMON GUIDE Light of the World Part 2- Peace in the Darkness Big Idea: Peace isn’t an absence of problems, it’s the presence of Jesus. Isaiah 9:2-7 2The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness,a light will shine. 3You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder. 4For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian. 5The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire. 6For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen! Three Ways Jesus Brings Peace to Your Life 1. Peace of mind (internal) (John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7) 2. Peace to relationships (relational) (Ephesians 2:14, 17-18) 3. Peace about my future (eternal) (Romans 5:1) John 8:12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” How do I experience more peace in my life? 1. Turn down the noise and tune into what God is saying 2. Trust that Jesus does the heavy lifting (surrender) 3. Worship and spend time in God’s presence 4. Be still Discussion Questions 1. What did having peace mean to you before you heard this message? 2. What are some strategies you’ve tried to find peace that didn’t work? 3. Of the 3 ways that Jesus brings peace, which do you need the most? 4. Challenge: Which one of the 4 ways to experience more peace will you choose to do for 2021?

Hope In The Darkness

Part 1 • December 13, 2020 • Pastor Andrea Isaacs

Welcome to Hope City Church! NEW If you are new to Hope City text “HCNEW” to 33777 SERMON GUIDE Light of the World Part 1- Hope in the Darkness Big Idea: When I try to fix my problems, I create more problems. Isaiah 50:10-11 NIV Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God. But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: you will lie down in torment. 3 Thing I Know Are True about Darkness 1.Darkness makes my other senses stronger (John 10:27) 2.Darkness feels scarier than it actually is (Genesis 1:2-4) 3.Things are always darkest before the dawn (Isaiah 9:1) John 1:4-5 The words gave life to everything that was created and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. How Can I Trust God instead of Build My Own Fires? 1.Admit that His ways are higher than my ways. 2. Pray for supernatural trust. 3. Remember the times that God showed up. Discussion Questions 1.Do you have a funny story of a time when you should have called a professional to fix a problem? 2. Can you think of a more serious time when you created your own fire (tried to fix your own problem)? 3. Which of the three truths about darkness would be helpful for you to remember? 4. Of the three ways to trust God instead of yourself, which one do you struggle with the most? Ask God to help you trust him more in that area. CONNECT Connect with us! Visit the Hope City Church website at https://realhopenow.com/ , connect through the Hope City Church Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/realhopenow or download the Hope City Church Louisville app from the android or apple app store. CARE If you or a loved one is in need of prayer or care, we would love to help! Drop a comment down below, send us a direct message, or send your care request to care@realhopenow.com. GIVE Our heart is to share as much hope with as many people as possible, and you make that happen because of your generosity. Click the link below to give. http://www.realhopenow.com/give/ Thank you for tuning in to today's service. We'll see you soon!