Good morning! Today is Wednesday, January 30th, 2019. In today’s passage we will see a declaration of the Lord’s ability and desire to pardon as well as an attribute of God’s being that requires all to seek his pardon. I pray this passage would stir up our affections for Christ Jesus and his Gospel. -Max
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?
_What was the best thing that happened to you this last week? What was the most difficult?
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)
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
+ 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 is commanding that the Israelites, as well as other people groups, seek the Lord?(V.6)
_What will the Lord have toward the unrighteous person who seeks the Lord’s forgiveness? (V.7)
_ What is promised to the unrighteous man or woman if they return to the Lord with a heart of penitence? (V.7) Use Isaiah 1:18 as reference
_ Why do all men and women need to to return to the Lord through repentance? What is stated of the Lord’s ways and what is stated of man’s ways in this passage? (V.8-9)
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?
_How does this passage of the Lord’s compassion, and desire for you to seek his forgiveness, motivate you to return to His throne with a heart of repentance? What is promised to you if you do?
_How does the Gospel of Christ liberate you from hiding and living in sin?
+ 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)