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Word One Bible Study: Advent 2 Old Testament

From Root to Fruit

Text: Isaiah 11:1-10 for the Second Sunday in Advent, Lectionary Series A Old Testament Reading
 Participants will:
  1. Grow stronger in their trust relationship with Jesus.
  2. Experience greater comfort and security because of their conviction that Jesus is their Champion.
Group Guidelines
 This study is intended for groups of 3-5 people. If your group is larger than 5, divide into smaller groups. Choose a leader by determining whose father lives the farthest distance from where you are now.
The leader's role is to keep the group moving through the various exercises of the study and to encourage the participation of all members of the group. In order to accomplish full participation, the leader should limit each person's sharing to a set amount of time--one, two or three minutes--depending on how much time you will have for each part of the discussion. As leader, make sure that everyone knows that they have the right to pass at any time if they'd prefer not to share about a particular issue or questions.
Building Community
  1.  At the beginning of your group activity, use the following activity to get (re)acquainted with one another.
    Share with the group a time when you had to wait for something you wanted very much. Was your wait worthwhile or not?
  2. Choose one of the following activities in your group. Make sure all participants have a chance to take part in the activity.
  3. Choose a color that you might associate with your relationship with your Savior. Take turns explaining your color choice.
  4. One of the "places" in my life that is most comfortable for me is...
Looking at God's Word
 Read silently the first ten verses of Isaiah 11. Then take turns reading aloud one verse at a time.
Choose one or more of the following exercises depending on the amount of time you have available. the leader may distribute these between the small groups and may ask, in summary, for general feedback to the large activities group.
  1. Share ideas that seemed to "grab" you as you read and listened to the text.
  2. What does it mean that Jesus is both (vs. 1) the "root" of the stump, which is the nation of Israel, as well as the "shoot" or "branch" that grows from the "stump"?
  3. The New Testament interprets the "Root of Jesse" (vs. 10) as Jesus. Isaiah attributes certain qualities to the "root" in verses 2 and 3a. The Scriptures describe Jesus with many other names and accompanying attributes. Choose from the names listed here and share with the group how that name about Jesus makes a difference in your life. (c.f. Romans 15:12 and Revelations 5:5)
    ___Prince of Peace     ___Root of David     ___Word of Life
    ___Author and Finisher of our Faith     ___I AM     ___Son of God
    ___The Truth     ___Shepherd & Bishop of Souls     ___Messiah
    ___Chief Cornerstone     ___Mighty God     ___Savior
    ___Advocate     ___Wonderful Counselor     ___The Way
    ___Lord of All     ___Holy One     ___Dayspring
    ___Prince of Life     ___Lord God Almighty     ___Lamb of God
    ___King of Kings     ___Righteous Judge     ___Lion of the Tribe of Judah
    ___Light of the World     ___Head of the Church     ___Morning Star
    ___Sun of Righteousness     ___Lord Jesus Christ     ___Chief Shepherd
    ___The Alpha and Omega     ___Horn of Salvation     ___Governor
  4. What does the description of faith in verse 10 (rally to Him) mean to you?

Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
In three minutes, jot down as many endings to the following sentence stems as you are able. While you may use the same sentence stem more than once, please try to use the last stem at least once.




As a result of this study, I AM DETERMINED TO...

After sharing your endings/learning with your small group, discuss, if time allows, "How did Scripture become 'new' to me in this Bible study?"

In the small group, each participant shares one positive word that expressed how s/he felt being with the others in the group.

In the large group, each participant (or a person selected from each small group) offers a one or two sentence closing prayer.

Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies V, studies on the Gospel readings for lectionary series A, in 1992.

Republished and revised in November 2013 for thESource.

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