Happy Tuesday, church family!
Christmas decorating and church clean up is this Saturday, 12/1 at 9:00am. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided! If you need a ride to the church that morning or would like to lend Christmas decorations to our cause, please contact Kari at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will host an informational meeting about church membership on Sunday, 12/2 after service. Please let Pastor Kyle if you’re planning to attend.
CG Questions from “Kingdom Promise” Haggai 2:20-23:
Do you regularly wear any rings? What does it look like, where did you get it, what do you like about it? What’s the story behind the ring(s) you wear regularly?
Haggai’s final prophetic word is addressed only to Zerubbabel, why is that? What is Zerubbabel’s background? What does Zerubbabel represent? (Hag 2:20)
What does the prophet Haggai mean when he writes that God will shake the heavens and the earth? Is this referring to an earthquake? What other passages in the scriptures use this metaphor of a cosmic shifting? Why does God inspire the biblical authors to sometimes use metaphorical language in the Bible? What advantages and disadvantages of using and interpreting metaphorical statements?
If God is perfect, holy, and righteous by nature, how should he and must he respond to sin? What does a good God have to judge sin? Why does true goodness require judgement?
Our culture doesn’t like the idea of God judging sin of any kind but what ways does our culture make all sorts of different moral judgments all the time? There are multiple times God says “I will” in this passage, what does this teach us about God’s control and role in world events and human history?
Why are such great and lofty things spoken over Zerubbabel when we know from history that very little ever became of him? What can we learn about the nature of the Messiah from this passage? If you had only this passage about the messiah, what would the Messiah look like? What do we learn about Jesus, the true Messiah, from the book of Haggai?
Let’s pray together, asking God to help us apply what we have learned in Haggai and thanking Him for his power in history and his victory in the Messiah.
Thanks, and see you soon!