Wonderful Counselor

Wonderful Counselor

Isaiah 9:6

Call to Worship: Psalm 33:18-22 (NIV)

18     But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
              on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19     to deliver them from death
              and keep them alive in famine.

20     We wait in hope for the Lord;
              he is our help and our shield.
21     In him our hearts rejoice,
              for we trust in his holy name.
22     May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
              even as we put our hope in you.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:1-7 (ESV)

But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

      The people who walked in darkness
              have seen a great light;
         those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
              on them has light shone.
     You have multiplied the nation;
              you have increased its joy;
         they rejoice before you
              as with joy at the harvest,
             as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
     For the yoke of his burden,
              and the staff for his shoulder,
             the rod of his oppressor,
             you have broken as on the day of Midian.
     For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
             and every garment rolled in blood
             will be burned as fuel for the fire.
     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.

Sermon Outline:

I.  The Wonderful Counselor Foretold

            A.  Wonderful = Marvelous, incomprehensible even supernatural (only of God)

            B.  Counselor = Someone who embodies wisdom and truth

II.  The Wonderful Counselor Comes

III.  Implications

           A. True Wisdom

            B.  True Hope

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