Kearney eFree Church
A Candle in the Darkness: Preparing and Hoping
A Candle in the Darkness is a four-week sermon series that will harken back to the tradition of Advent. Each week we will pair Old Testament and New Testament reading related to Christmas. We will also speak to some of the Old Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah, and the hope of His coming to restore all things once again.
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  • Kearney eFree Church
    4010 7th Ave, Kearney, NE 68845, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM
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Today's sermon is being taught by Adrian Boykin, Kearney eFree's Lead Pastor.

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Advent is the season to prepare yourself to welcome The Savior-King into your home.


Advent is the season to hope in the Savior-King’s victory over darkness.

"The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart." -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

What is your hope and your prayer as you prepare for Christmas?
LifeGroup Discussion Questions
1) What most encouraged you, challenged you, or gave you hope from today's message?

2) What comes to your mind when you think of Advent?

3) Read Micah 5:2-5. What is the big idea? How would this be especially good news and bring hope to the original hearers experiencing exile and living under foreign rule?

4) Read Matthew 1:18-25. What is the big idea? What is Joseph's chief disappointment? What might be his hope? As much as possible, try to answer these two questions while putting yourself in Joseph's shoes. Can you think of any other Scriptures that help you focus on hope when you are facing disappointment?

5) Reflect upon repeated expressions of hope in Lamentations 3:21-29, words uttered by the prophet Jeremiah during a most awful time in his life. Hope is also a repeated theme found in 1 Peter 1. List some reasons for the apostle Peter's hope.

6) What is your hope this Christmas? If you feel comfortable, take turns sharing what you wrote down as we concluded Sunday’s message. What will you do, and how will you pray, as you anticipate Christ’s victory for the next 21 days? Commit to praying for each other along these lines.