Pastor Shane Ham : God of Wonders

Snapshots of a Savior · 33:30 · Recorded December 20, 2020

God Of Wonders

Isaiah 9:1-7 (NIV) 1Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan—2The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 3You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 5Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 6For 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. 7Of the increase 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.

1. Christmas is about wisdom.

Matthew 1:23 (NIV) The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel – which means, “God with us.”

1 Corinthians 1:27 (NCV) But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and he chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

Luke 1:37 (NIV) “For nothing is impossible with God.”

“Supernatural wisdom” enables you to:

Face death with assurance.

Be able to live with your past.

Forgive your enemies.

2. Christmas is about wonder.

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) 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.

Learning to praise God is the key to experiencing his wonder.

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) But you are a chosen people, an royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Practice the pleasure of praising him.

Psalm 148:1-5 (NIV) Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created.

Scriptures of “Praise”

Psalm 34:1-3 (NIV) I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 63:3-4 (NIV) Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 150:1-6 (NIV) Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.

Isaiah 25:1 (NIV) O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.

Acts 2:46-47 (NIV) Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Colossians 3:16-17 (NIV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Talk It Over…
  • Can you think of a time when your advice wasn’t taken, and you had to “come down there”? Were you angry? Loving? Patient? What do you think of God “coming downstairs” because we didn’t listen and take his words to heart? Do you see it as an action of judgement? Frustration? Concern? Love? Why do you see it that way?

  • Reread 1 Corinthians 1:27 and talk in your small group about how God made “foolish” the wisdom of the world. Share examples of what the world sees as foolish and how it is clearly God’s ‘upside down’ gospel.

  • Pastor Shane gave us three examples of how ‘supernatural wisdom’ gives us the ability to do things we couldn’t on our own. What would add to this list?

  • Of the titles given the Messiah in Isaiah 9:6, which best fit Jesus as you know him? Are there other titles you’d have included? Are there any you don’t feel you’ve truly experienced? Ask God to reveal himself to you in those ways!

  • Have you felt like C. S. Lewis when thinking about being commanded to praise God? Look up Luke 6:45. Does your praise stem from an “overflow”? He said later, “… I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise…” Do you find that to be true? When you see God working in your heart or a situation do you talk about it? Do you share it with others just because it’s amazing or wonderful or surprising? Praise is the key to experiencing God’s wonder!

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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