What is an ability you wish you had and a question you wish you had the answer to? (2 separate questions)
Silently skim Isaiah 40:12-17.
READ Psalm 139:1-18. (If in a group split into two or more groups and read aloud.)
Discuss Psalm 139.
Look at the final two verses of Psalm 139 (v.23-24).
How are God’s power and God’s knowledge linked to one another in the following verses?
Are you in any situation where you have been pushing too hard, trying to arrange things, or make something happen in your own power and wisdom apart from God?
Did you have any special or silly ways of making promises when you were a kid? (pinky swear, blood brothers, etc.)
In the midst of struggle or sin…
The historical situation in Isaiah 40 is God’s people waiting for judgment and exile (which will be a mighty struggle) as a result of their sin. How has your life been affected by these various combinations of struggle and sin:
STOP and spend time in prayer based on the responses to these questions.
…there is radiant hope in God’s eternal constancy…
READ Isaiah 40:6-8. Summarize it in your own words.
READ the following Scriptures to add to your good news list.
How would a radiant hope in God’s eternal constancy spill over to help us:
…there is radiant hope in God’s eternal faithfulness.
READ Isaiah 40:9-11
READ 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24. What makes this statement of God’s faithfulness radically fantastic?
Who should you pray for, and perhaps contact, today that is under heavy struggle and/or sin? How could you reflect God’s faithfulness and shepherding care to them?
In the midst of struggle and sin there is radiant hope in God's eternal constancy and faithfulness!
For you personally, what is a) your most treasured and b) the most confusing of all of God’s attributes or characterisitics?
Someone recently said to me, “As I read through the Bible it just seems like God is so moody.”
READ Nahum 1:2-7.
READ Psalm 103:8-13
Glimpsing Justice and Mercy Together
READ Hosea 2:2-23 and answer the following questions. (Hint: the “she” in the verses refers in the immediate context to the people of Israel. In the overall Biblical context these verses point to every person's sin and God's response of judgment for continuing in sin or mercy for returning to Him.)
These questions are copied from the end of chapter 5 in the excellent book: God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts.
Gripped by Justice and Mercy in Real Life
Discuss/Consider these application statements, and how they should move us to respond to God’s justice and mercy.
What is a) your most treasured and b) the most confusing of all of God’s attributes or characterisitics?
Think of several examples from Scripture:
Pastor Thomas shared this quote from A.W. Tozer: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
We need a true knowledge of God to function rightly, or we will misperceive everything in our world because everything that exists comes out of His creative hand or out of His purposeful will.
Read the following verses that herald God’s majesty. Then use their thoughts to answer the questions below.
Close in your version of our 'Radiant' series prayer.
"God, reveal Your majesty to me.
Let me see You like never before.
Make us radiant by knowing You more."