The Compassion of God (Isaiah 33:1-9)

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Isaiah 33:1-9

Theme: God wishes that none would perish.

Discussion Questions:
  • Read Isaiah 33:1-9 together.
  • Recap the status of the nation of Judah as we did during the sermon. Why do you think King Hezekiah relied on his own understanding?
  • Is what King Hezekiah did wrong? Why or why not?
  • Read Isaiah 52:8 and Romans 10:15. What does this say about our role in the kingdom of God on earth?
  • Sometimes we fail to trust in God. In those instances why is that usually the case?
  • How well do you listen to the messengers God has brought into your life? Many people have no problem being the messenger, but they usually fail to listen. Still others do well listening but are uncomfortable being the messenger.
  • What application do you feel like God is asking you to make based upon the sermon this morning?
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another before you dismiss.


The Spirit of God (Isaiah 32:9-20)

 
 
 
Lifegroups
 
Isaiah 32:9-20

Theme: God desires to pour out his spirit on a humble people.

 
 
 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Isaiah 32:9-20 together.
  • What does the mental imagery produce in this passage?
  • We are commanded first to prepare for the coming of Christ. How do we prepare?
  • How can we help each other prepare for Christ’s coming?
  • God desires a humble people. In what ways can our church demonstrate humility?
  • What does a humble heart look like in you as a person?
  • Spend some time in prayer with one another before you dismiss.

 



A Teachable Spirit: Pride vs. Humility (Philippians 4:4-9)

Philippians 4:4-9

Theme: Pride keeps us from being teachable.

  • Read Jonah 4:1-11 together.
  • What is the difference in being humble and being soft-minded or gullible?
  • What do you think about God’s lesson to those in Ninevah?
  • How do you respond to correction or criticism? Are you immediately defensive?
  • How do you react to Scripture that contradicts how you are living?
  • When was the last time you remember learning something new from the Lord? How teachable were you in that moment? Why or why not?
  • Read Philippians 4:4-9 together.
  • Why are the things listed in verse 8 what we should focus on? Does that mean ignoring the reality of the negative?
  • Read verse 9 again. (What you have learned, received, heard, and seen, practice…) You must hear it, learn about it, be humble enough to receive it in, watch the example of it, before you can practice it yourself. How well do you do at each of these stages of learning?
  • Spend some time in prayer with each other before dismissing.

 



Self-examination (2 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 12:3)

2 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 12:3

Theme: We should regularly examine our own behavior and make adjustments.

  • Read 2 Corinthians 13:5 and Romans 12:3 together.
  • What is self-examination important and why does Scripture encourage it?
  • How can journaling help in our self-examination?
  • If you journal, share what role journaling has played in your life?
  • What is the difference between a spiritual journal and other types of journaling?
  • As we journal through Scripture, what types of things should we write down?
  • Spend some time in prayer with each other before dismissing.

 



A Time for Solitude (Ecclesiastes 3:1-10)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-10

Theme: Silence and solitude help us to gain proper perspective on life’s struggles.

  • Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-10 together.
     
  • What do you see in common in these passages? (There is a contrast or comparison given in each statement.)
     
  • Read James 1:19 together. Why is this important in our lives?
     
  • Divide the passages where Jesus spent time in solitude. Why do we see Jesus retreating alone?
    • Matthew 4:1-2
    • Luke 6:12-13
    • Matthew 14:10-13
    • Matthew 14:23
    • Luke 5:15-16
    • Matthew 17:1-3
    • Matthew 26:36
     
  • Do you struggle more with silence and solitude or with evangelizing with people?
     
  • What is the difference between being alone and silence and solitude?
     
  • Spend some time in prayer with each other before dismissing.

 



The Purpose of Fasting (Matthew 6:16-24)

Matthew 6:16-24

Theme: Fasting reveals what is important to us.

  • Read Matthew 6:16-24 together.
  • Why should we not build up treasures on earth?
  • How are fasting and not building up treasures related?
  • Verses 22-23 encourage us to examine ourselves inwardly. How does fasting help us to look at what is going on inside of us?
  • Why is devotion to God and fasting connected in this passage?
  • What role does fasting play in the modern church? i.e. Why should we fast?
  • Spend some time in prayer with each other before dismissing.

 



Am I Trustworthy? Is God? (1 Corinthians 4:1-7)

1 Corinthians 4:1-7

Theme: How we spend our time and our money says a lot about our faith.

  • Read 1 Corinthians 4:1-7 together.
  • What do you have that God has not given you? How does that viewpoint affect how we use what we have?
  • There were 10 principles about time given during the sermon. Of those 10, which ones stand out to you?
  • For those struggling to remember the 10:
    • Use time wisely because the days are evil
    • Wise use of time is preparation for eternity
    • Time is short
    • Time is passing
    • Time is uncertain
    • Time cannot be regained
    • You are accountable to God for your time
    • Time is easily lost
    • We value time at death
    • We see the value of time in eternity.
  • There were 10 principles about money given during the sermon. Of those 10, which ones stand out to you?
  • For those struggling to remember the 10:
    • God owns everything you own
    • Giving is an act of worship
    • Giving reflects faith in God
    • Giving should be sacrificial and generous
    • Giving reflects spiritual trustworthiness
    • Giving is out of love, not legalism
    • Giving should be willingly, thankfully, and cheerfully
    • Giving is the appropriate response to needs
    • Giving should be planned and systematic
    • Giving results in blessings
  • Are you using your time as God would have you use it? Evaluate your use of time in these areas:
    • Work
    • Work at home
    • Hobbies
    • Television
    • Sports
    • The Lord’s Day
    • Family
    • Exercise
    • Recreation
    • Sleep
    • Bible intake
    • Prayer
  • Are you using your money as God would have you use it? Evaluate your use of money in these areas:
    • Use for home
    • Debts
    • Systematic/planned giving to the church
    • Use in the community
    • Saving
    • Entertainment/Leisure
    • General lifestyle
    • Frivolous spending
    • Wasteful spending
  • Spend some time in prayer with each other before dismissing.

 



In My Mind’s Eye (John 13:12-16; Philippians 2:1-11)

John 13:12-16; Philippians 2:1-11

Theme: We show Jesus to others by putting their interests above our own.

  • Read John 13:12-16 together.
  • Why did Jesus choose to wash the feet of the disciples?
  • What do the two phrases mean “a slave is not greater than his master” and “one who is sent is not greater than the one who sent him?”
  • Jesus gave us an example to serve others. How do you serve others in your daily life?
  • Read Philippians 2:1-11 together.
  • Does it really mean we should do NOTHING from a point of selfishness? How is that possible?
  • What attitude in Christ Jesus does it tell us to imitate? What is really the point? (The point here is not just merely thinking and putting others first. Rather it is seeing them how Jesus sees them. It is not the regard that person deserves but rather how we regard them in our view. We should regard them with high esteem and value because Christ regards them with high esteem and value).
  • Spend some time in prayer with each other before dismissing.

 



Out of the Overflow of My Heart (Luke 24:44-48)

Luke 24:44-48

Theme: Our life will be an overflow of whatever we put in.

  • Read Luke 24:44-48 together.
  • The call to proclaim God to others comes from the Scriptures and from the mouth of Christ. Why do we find it so hard to share Christ with others?
  • What is meant by “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures?”
  • How do we allow the Holy Spirit to open our minds?
  • What have you experienced in your relationship with God in your life?
  • How difficult is it for you to share what God has done for you? Why?
  • Read Luke 6:41-49. How do we share Christ with others when there is sin in our lives?
  • Why does our mouth speak out of the overflow of our heart? What does that mean? What are the implications in our life?
  • Spend some time in prayer with each other before dismissing.
  • Weekly Challenge: Invite 3 people to church this week


Vain Worship (Matthew 15:1-4; Isaiah 29:13-16)

Matthew 15:1-14; Isaiah 29:13-16

Theme: Worship is more than singing. It is a lifestyle.

  • Read Matthew 15:1-4 together. What was the issue that causes Jesus to call them hypocrites?
  • How do we honor God with just our lips but our heart is still far from God?
  • Do we worship God in vain?
  • Read Isaiah 29:13-16 together. What does the following statement from verse 13 mean, “Their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote.”
  • Is our reverence from God more from tradition than our own convicts and desire to worship Him?
  • Why is worship or lack thereof tied in with the analogy of the potter and the clay?
  • Spend some time in prayer with each other before dismissing.