Weekly Reading for March 7 – March 13
Preparing for Next Week’s MessageSermon Series: Elijah or Elisha Stories of Courageous Faith
Sermon Title: Following God with Radical Boldness
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on March 14, 2021:
- SUNDAY: 2 Kings 2,
- MONDAY: 2 Kings 3,
- TUESDAY: 2 Kings 4,
- WEDNESDAY: 2 Kings 5-6,
- THURSDAY: 2 Kings 7,
- FRIDAY: 2 Kings 8-9:1,
- SATURDAY: 2 Kings 13,
Reflecting on the Most Recent SermonSermon Series: Guest Pastor: Jeff Manion
Sermon Title: God at the Center
Delivered On: March 7, 2021
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Memorize and ReflectHaggai 1:13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord.
Prayer DirectionThink about how the Israelites neglected God to take care of their own goals first. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal where in your life you might be doing that and where in your life ”it’s time” for you to make a decision to obey. Thank God for being with you as you follow him and work to put him at the center of your life.
“Live It!” ChallengeIt was time for the Israelites to work on the temple. For us, our “it’s time” could be any number of things. Maybe “it’s time” to see a marriage counselor, get our finances in order, give our sexuality to God, start regularly spending time with God, ask for forgiveness, or offer forgiveness. Decide to begin doing your “it’s time,” and know God is with you as you step out in obedience this week.
Small Group Discussion
What’s a DIY project you tried that went really well or terribly wrong?
Read: Haggai 1:1-4
What’s the background to this story?
Why do you think the people put off building the temple?
What are some areas we know we should be obedient to God, but it is easy to put off?
Share about a time you felt God was telling you “it’s time.”
Read: Haggai 1:5-11
What do the people learn in these verses?
What’s the difference between saying God loves us no matter what we’ve done, and God will bless us no matter what we do?
How have you seen God use difficulty or trouble to bring you or someone you know back into a relationship with him?
Read: Haggai 1:12-14
What are some of the keywords in these verses?
The people decide to obey God. What does God tell them after they’ve decided, but before they get to work?
How do you think the people would’ve felt to hear that God was with them?
Where do you think God might be telling you “it’s time”? What’s one decision you can make to obey?
To rebuild the temple was to put God at the center. How can we put God at the center of our lives?