It Starts with a Conversation

Advent Conversations: Out of Unknown; into Known by Name

First, Seek Him...

Before you commit to someone, you definitely want to know that person’s name, right? God gave us the opportunity to know Him by multiple names. What do these names mean to you? How does this week’s verse encourage your story?

...Then Speak Him

Talking about each other’s names is a great springboard into talking about God’s names and who He is. Use this week’s conversation as a way to expand your kids’ understanding of knowing who God is! He wants us to know Him by name!

Isaiah 9:6
“And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace…”

Word

God, What Are You Saying To Me?

My holy name I will make known…” (Ezekiel 39:7a)

Discover: A name is a very powerful thing. Your name is your identity; it’s what people know you by. And while each person’s name is special, Christmas is about the most special name. In fact, Jesus is so special that the Bible uses multiple names to describe Him!

Dialogue: From our verse, what are some of God’s Names? Why do you think Jesus has so many names? How does it feel to know that God wants you to know Him by name?

Dive In: Share about which of Jesus’ names in this week’s verse encourages you most you right now. Is it that He’s “wonderful,” that He’s your “counselor,” “mighty God,” “eternal,” “father” or “prince of peace”? How does this specific name of God impact your story today?

Isaiah 9:6
“And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace…”

Why

 God, Why Does This Matter?

God wants us to know Him!”

Discover: It is important that we know who we follow. Through Christmas, God made a way for us to know Him through Jesus. With each of His names, God reveals to us more and more about Himself and His character.

Dialogue: Underneath the Christmas tree are (or will be) presents with name tags. What does your name mean? How does your name describe you? How do Jesus’ names describe Him? How do His names help us to know Him?

Dive In: Make an ornament for a friend that has one of your favorite names of God on it.  Give this present to them along with a card saying why that name of God is so special to you, and be sure to sign your name to it!

Isaiah 9:6
“And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace…”

What

 God, What Else Does Your Word Say About This?

“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own, and My own know Me” (John 10:14 NASB)

Discover:  Jesus says we will know Him if we belong to Him. As we are in relationship with Him, He reveals Himself to us in His Word so that we can know Him even better.

Dialogue: If someone is unknown to you, you have no knowledge of them. However, when we really “know” someone, we can describe who they are, right? Let’s see how well we can describe each other right now. Without saying the person’s name, describe someone and let’s see if others can guess who is being described!

Dive In: We know we’re truly beginning to know Jesus when we can describe Him. How would you describe Jesus? You can use words from our verse or other words.

Isaiah 9:6
“And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace…”

Worship

 God, How do you want me to respond to this truth?

“Let the name of the Lord be praised both now and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting, let the name of the Lord be praised.” (Psalm 113:2-3)​

Discover: At Christmas and always, we celebrate how God sent Jesus so we can know Him and experience relationship with Him. Our God knows us by name, and He wants us to know Him and praise Him by name.

Dialogue: Describe a special, memorable gift you’ve received. What is the name of the person who gave it to you, and how do you feel about them? In the same way, what is extra special about the gift of knowing God? Does this make you want to praise Him?

Dive In: We’ve made ornaments as gifts; now let’s make ornaments for our own tree to remind us of Jesus’ many amazing names! This would truly make for a CHRISTmas tree.

A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Those God has Entrusted to You!

“May every present you ever receive be counted as nothing compared to knowing Christ fully and completely. May knowing Him be your goal, both now and your whole life long. (Philippians 3:8-10). In the WONDERFUL name of Jesus, amen!”

© 2019 Tosha L Williams, Family Disciple Me

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