For this weeks sermon click here: Does Jesus Know You?
Readings: Luke 19:28-19:44 Matthew 7:21-7:23
- Read Luke 19:28-19:44; discuss what you know about what was going on in this account from Luke (much of the usual focus on this was missed from the sermon, but if you need more background refer to older sermons on Palm Sunday online, check out other accounts and cross references to other scripture).
- Talk through the implications of how the tail end of this reading fits in with Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:21-7:23.
- Consider how we ought to be applying this and why so often people coast along in church without making that commitment to Christ?
- There is a prophecy here: EU Brexit? please read it and discuss it as a group.
The following prophecy which came to David Noakes, from the Issachar Ministries Trust, came our attention this week, and we think it is demands serious consideration and prayer.
“Nation of Britain, I have loved you with a love which has not ceased, despite the state of apostasy and degradation into which you have fallen. My anger towards those church leaders who have taught false things in my Name, and encouraged others to believe and act as they do, is intense and my judgment upon them will be severe. Yet I have compassion upon those who have been like sheep without godly shepherds; and my heart still longs to exercise mercy upon a nation whose forefathers upheld my Name and took my Word to the ends of the earth; a nation whose belief in the truth of my Word framed godly laws and inspired a culture of uprightness.
“Rather than rely on Me and my faithfulness to you, you chose, for worldly purposes, to join yourself to an institution which has denied my Name and refused to acknowledge Me in its councils. My fierce anger is upon that institution on account of its rebellion, its defiant rejection of me and its hardness of heart towards my ancient people Israel.
“I warn you now that the European institution will not repent, even though I bring disaster and destruction upon it. I urge you, O Britain still beloved by Me for the sake of your godly forefathers, come out of her, so that you may not be caught up in that same destruction, for I am even now arising in judgment to bring to nothing what she has sought to achieve. If you will separate yourself from her declared rejection of God, I will have mercy upon you and restore my hand of protection; and I will use you once again to bring light to many lost in the darkness which is now steadily increasing.
“Hear Me, O once godly nation and respond to my call, or you also will come to ruin in that same judgment of destruction. This is not my will for you, but you must choose the course which you will take. I urge you to respond to Me and choose life under my hand of discipline and protection, rather than death in the disaster which is even now coming upon Europe.”
Here’s the link to the Sermon: Light at the end of the tunnel
Reading: Amos 9
- In v1 We see the Lord standing close by as destruction is carried out – why does Amos not want us to miss this point? Is God aloof?
- Why is it important to remember that ALL nations and people are important to him in light of v7 ?
- What does Remnant mean in terms of the Jewish people and what does ‘House of David ‘ mean in v11? Discuss the two different meanings of buildings/people.
- The society in which we live is no different to Amos’ day. Is it ok for us to live how we want to live in this time of Grace.
- What day is Amos talking about here in v11 and what precedes the Jews’ worldwide return to Israel? v11
- What promise does God make after their return? v15 Why does the Lord keep a Remnant ?
Here’s the link to the Sermon: What is the thing you can’t live without?
Reading: Amos 8
- What did the Lord show to Amos in Amos 8:1-2, what did it mean and how does those verses apply to us today?
- In Amos 8: 3-6 there is a description of the Israelites attitude to the Sabbath and other holy days.
- Discuss the difference between the Lord’s Day and the Sabbath. How should we keep the Lord’s Day?
- What was the thrust of God’s words through Amos in these verses?
- What does the Lord say in Amos 8:7?
- How does that fit in with other verses offering forgiveness?
- Which verses can you find where God promises to forgive?
- What is the Lord going to do in Amos 8:11-12? Has this happened already or is it a prophecy, yet to be fulfilled? Discuss and explain.
- Amos and some of the other Minor Prophets can be a bit challenging in places. What would we miss if we didn’t tackle the less well known parts of the bible?
- As a group consider whether there are areas of teaching which people would like to (or feel they ought to hear), [Group leaders – please feedback any comments]