Some study questions from Gordon to compliment the sermon A rock in times of trouble
1) Discuss the term “the last days” which occurs often in scripture. How should our understanding of the term affect our lives as Christians?
2) Mount Zion was by no means the highest of the mountains in Judea.
From vs 1-3 discuss what makes it so significant.
3) vs 3-8 describe a picture of peace and security. Clearly this is not what Micah has so far been prophesying for the nation’s near future. What is your understanding of when this will occur?
4) Do you think people are looking for fulfilment in their lives? Where do they look for it? Where should they look? How does knowing God’s world program make a difference?
5) The picture of the coming future is interrupted in vs 9-10 by the coming present. What does the society of Israel look like at this time? How does this reflect our society today?
6) Many groups in society seem to be successful in their attempts to silence the Christian voice in all areas of public life. What comfort is it to know that The Lord of all the earth still has His plans for the future of his people?
A study on Micah Chapter 2
Here is the sermon if you missed it: God wouldn’t do that… Would He?
- To gather a bit of context, before taking a look through Micah 2, read through Leviticus 25: 8-34 and Exodus 20:1-17. As a group chat through those passages and clear up any queries group members might have;
- Read the first 11 verses if Micah and in the light of the Leviticus and Exodus passages, discuss:
- verses 1-2 who was Micah addressing – how could it apply to Ely in 2016?
- verses 3-5 God lays out what will happen, how come all the people are affected, even the few who have been faithful? What do group members feel about God’s response?
- verses 6-11 What was going on here? Why were the people responding that way? (cf. 2 Timothy 4:3);
- Read the last verses (12 – 13) These verses seem to be at odds with the other verses, but the do fit in both technically and theologically, can the group work out how? (don’t give too much time on this :)). Read through John chapter 10and consider what this prophecy is pointing to, both in the near future (to Micah’s time), and further on.
So often in our Christian lives we spend inordinate amounts of time talking about prayer, wanting to seek the Lord and do His will; which I believe are great sentiments, but as we approach the end of the year I’m drawn back to some words we used at the start of our year in our covenant service, words which were borrowed from a great puritan called Richard Alleine:
I am no longer my own but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and wholeheartedly give all things to you. Glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it. This my covenant with you my God, made here on earth, let it be confirmed in heaven. Amen
Why not take that prayer again, study it, meditate on it, discuss it and consider: as individuals, and as Christ’s Church, have we yet made this prayer our own? How can we encourage one another, and what is the Lord asking of us as individuals walking in covenant with Him? If studying in a group: spend a good time in prayer seeking the Lord for each other and the wider Church. When studying alone: also, of course, pray through the issues that arise in your heart.
If you missed the sermon on this you can pick it up here: Puns aren’t always funny…
- Read through the chapter – what are your first impressions of the book?
- What do we know about Micah, the time he was ministering, which other prophets were about at the same time etc.
- How did God give His messages to Micah, and what did Micah do with those messages? What can we learn from this about being open to God and obedient to him?
- On Sunday, after a brief overview of the chapter, we looked at three specific questions – what were they? Take some time to discuss each of them as a group, considering why the question is important, how Micah helps us answer the questions, and how we as individuals and as a church might need to take these things more seriously in our lives (there is probably a whole study just in this question…).