1. Rankin Wilbourne writes, “Every morning I wake up and find my heart has reverted to its default position: I need to prove myself today, handle things, make a name for myself….I must start each day with my union with Christ.  I must breath in faith—I am in Christ and Christ is in me.  God is good, God is in charge, and God loves me.” Do you agree?  How are you seeking to rewire your heart in grace?
  2. Read Is. 42: 1-4 & Isaiah 41:8. Discuss what is a faithful way to interpret Old Testament prophecy. Now apply that information to this passage and discuss who is the servant in this passage?
  3. Read Is. 42:3.  Discuss what a bruised reed is and discuss a recent time where Jesus, as the servant, has come to you, the bruised reed, to help mend you.  If you are not a follower of Jesus, then discuss what you do when you feel like a bruised reed.
  4. How is the imagery slightly different with that of a smoldering wick.  How does Jesus take you from being a smoldering wick and ignite a flame in your life?  Or, alternatively, if you are not a follower of Jesus, share what you do when you are at your wits end.