Share a time in your life that you screamed with delight (or felt like it).
READ Isaiah 62:1-5
Same Promises in the New Testament
READ Zephaniah 3:14-17
These prophetic verses point to the salvation that Jesus will win for all who trust in Him.
Close in prayer and praise regarding God's love for you.
What is something, past or present, that makes you scream or frightens you (such as mice, being startled, phobias, etc.)?
THE HOLINESS OF GOD
When you think of God as holy, what comes to your mind?
How does your sense of God's holiness impact your thoughts and actions?
How did Sunday’s sermon add to or aid your understanding of holiness?
READ these four passages out loud and, after each one, answer the following questions.
Have you ever encountered God’s presence or holiness in a unique, unusual, or powerful way?
How do you currently need to be shaken/impacted by the reality of a Holy God?
PERSONAL HOLINESS AS GOD'S PEOPLE
READ 1 Peter 1:14-19
Close in prayer by using the words of Psalm 51:10-12 and personalizing them regarding your life.
What are some events in your life that have been hard to wait for?
READ Isaiah 40:27-31
This week’s study rises up out of the Lord’s invitation to “wait” on Him in order to have our strength renewed.
What actions do you take, other than waiting on the Lord, to deal with your weariness and/or demands in life? List three or more.
How would you evaluate those techniques in light of their ability to do what God promises in v.29-31?
Meditate on each of these passages with pen and paper. They are each written as a response from a period of waiting before the Lord. The writings are the author’s reflection or celebration of what waiting for the Lord did for him. After reading each passage, use the questions below to study, apply, and pray for growth in biblical “waiting.”
1. What type of situation and emotions is the author facing/dealing with?
2. What type of words does he use to express his waiting?
3. What types of things does his waiting help him realize about God?
4. Choose a few phrases or verses from each passage as you study it, and put it in a prayer of your own. Express your need of God and your praise to Him.
Pastor Thomas referred to various “forks in the road” that reading the Bible can bring a person to. These forks might be something you can’t make sense out of or don’t personally care for. Give an example or two from your experience growing in the Word.
What definition comes in to your mind when you hear the term ‘God’s Sovereignty’?
What feelings are produced in you when you hear God’s Sovereignty being discussed?
READ Isaiah 40:21-26
Jesus and Sovereignty
Pastor Thomas summarized the Isaiah verses in his sermon with these three descriptions:
1. God sovereign over creation.
2. God sovereign over life and death and all the details between.
3. His sovereignty is dispensed with infinite power and intimate love.
What details do we learn about Jesus’ sovereignty from each of these passages? If you are studying in a group divide the passages to read and then report to one another.
How can a deepening awareness of God’s sovereignty provide the Christian with:
Close by sharing/writing praises and petitions based on God’s sovereignty.
A baker's dozen of Scripture passages declaring the outright sovereignty of God:
Deuteronomy 32:39; Proverbs 16:4; Daniel 4:29-35; Job 12:10,13-23, 42:2; 1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Psalm 24:1, 115:3, 135:6; Isaiah 44:6, 45:5-7; Exodus 4:10-12; Ephesians 1:11
What are the most common things that people turn to for satisfaction and security in our culture?
What is Idolatry?
READ Romans 1:21-25
I have read several times that “God’s best gifts to us make the most dangerous idols.”
Why is Idolatry Dangerous?
READ Proverbs 24:30-34 and apply it to the danger of idolatry.
READ Isaiah 55:6-11
Gaining Victory Over Idols
Use Hebrews 11 to see a list of victories over idols. Go scene by scene through the chapter:
a) Note the potential idol
b) Note what was believed or trusted about God to overcome the temptation
c) Apply: how can looking to God in similar ways strengthen your fight against your idols?
How does the Gospel (Jesus’ death and resurrection applied to us) provide our primary strength for fighting our idols and the guilt of succumbing to our idols? List 4 or more ways.