Today is Monday, January 28th. Today we are looking at the book of Isaiah. In The Bible Knowledge Commentary J.A. Martin says “God invites people in need to come to Him. By coming they indicate that they are trusting in and relying on Him for salvation and are agreeing to obey His commandments. The blessings God gives them are available without cost. Salvation is a free gift of God, whether it refers to spiritual redemption or physical deliverance.”
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_Who should come to the waters?
_Who should by and eat?
_What is ironic about vs. 1?
_What questions are asked in vs. 2?
_What does vs. 2 say we should eat and delight in?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
_Christ referred to himself as the bread of life. Christ came to bring light to true life to a world stumbling in darkness trying to feed ourselves with things that never satisfy. Isaiah calls our attention back to God who provides for us when we have nothing to offer. We don’t need to bring anything because there is no price for us to pay. What in your life are you trying to satisfy yourself with? What are you “eating” that isn’t the bread of life? How can you delight in the rich food God has provided?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)