Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 13, 2016:
- SUNDAY: Ezekiel 34:1-10,
- MONDAY: Ezekiel 34:11-19,
- TUESDAY: Matthew 4:18-25,
- WEDNESDAY: Matthew 10:1-20,
- THURSDAY: Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 1:8,
- FRIDAY: Acts 2:1-12,
- SATURDAY: Acts 8,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Major Lessons from the Minor Prophets Sermon Title: Judgment Is a Gift...When We Repent
Delivered On: November 6, 2016
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. (Joel 3:14)
Thank God for His holiness and acknowledge that He is a just judge. Confess your sins to God and ask Him to give you power to repent and change. Thank God that His grace is more powerful than sin and give Him praise for sending Jesus to set you free to follow Him.
Paying Attention - Look back through your life and seek to recognize times you have been caught for doing something wrong. How did “getting caught” help you change and repent? Where might you be today if you had not gotten caught? Pray for eyes to see where you might get caught in the future…and choose to repent now!
Growth Group Discussion
Tell about a time, when you were a child, that you got caught for doing something wrong. How did getting caught help direct you in a better direction?
How does loving discipline help a child, teen, or adult become a better person? What are some of the results a person might face if they are never disciplined or punished when they do wrong things?
Read: Joel 1:1-12 Why do you think God wants his people to tell this horrible and painful story of a locust plague to generation after generation? How is the locust plague a picture of the coming judgment of God on His people?
Read: Joel 1:13-15 In this passage Joel gives examples of ways to respond and repent when we realize judgment is coming on our sin. Talk about each one and how each can help in our process of repentance: put on sackcloth; mourn and wail; fast; and gather with God’s people.
Read: Joel 2:12-17 What are some practical ways we can return to the Lord when we have wandered away?
Tell about a time you wandered from God and came home again. How did your life change when you repented and came back home?
Read: Joel 2:18-27 What are some of the hopeful promises and pictures God gives the people in this passage? Why do we need to hold to God’s promises in the hard times of life?
What keeps us from repenting and learning from the times God disciplines us and get us on the right track?
How can your group members pray for you and keep you accountable to follow God’s leading in an area of your life where you are tempted to wander from the path that honors God?