Feb 20, 2022
True & False Fasting – Isaiah 58
Series: Isaiah
Questions for Discussion & Application
  1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
  2. How does this passage challenge you personally? How will you respond in obedience to what you have heard?
  3. Have you ever fasted? What is the difference between a true and false fast?
  4. This passage challenges us to pour ourselves out for the hungry/needy (vs. 10). What are some specific ways that you can live this out?
  5. How do the promised results of sacrificial love and care for the needy motivate you to action?
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  • Feb 20, 2022True & False Fasting – Isaiah 58
    Feb 20, 2022
    True & False Fasting – Isaiah 58
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. How does this passage challenge you personally? How will you respond in obedience to what you have heard?
    3. Have you ever fasted? What is the difference between a true and false fast?
    4. This passage challenges us to pour ourselves out for the hungry/needy (vs. 10). What are some specific ways that you can live this out?
    5. How do the promised results of sacrificial love and care for the needy motivate you to action?
  • Feb 13, 2022Join the Banquet – Isaiah 55
    Feb 13, 2022
    Join the Banquet – Isaiah 55
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Why is it essential that we understand that the LORD calls us to a feast that is free? Who paid for the feast on our behalf?
    3. In what way are we to seek the Lord according to verses 6-7?
    4. Does it encourage you to know that God’s Word will always accomplish the purpose for which the Lord sends it out? If yes, why?
    5. How have you seen the reality explained in verses 8-9 that the LORD’s thoughts and ways are higher than our thoughts and ways?
  • Jan 30, 2022The Suffering Servant – Isaiah 52:13-53:12
    Jan 30, 2022
    The Suffering Servant – Isaiah 52:13-53:12
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Why are the predictions of our passage rightly seen as miraculous? How does this encourage and strengthen your faith?
    3. What is meant by being “healed” by the Servants wounds in Isaiah 53:5? How do we experience this healing now? How will we experience it in the future? 
    4. Why was the Servant’s bloody death necessary for God to count sinners as righteous?
    5. Has God sprinkled you with the Servant’s blood, healed you, and counted you as righteous? If yes, how does this assurance of being forgiven impact the way you live your daily life?
  • Jan 23, 2022COLOSSIANS 1:15-23
    Jan 23, 2022
    COLOSSIANS 1:15-23
    Questions:
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of Scripture?
    2. Why would people find the statements in Colossians 1:15-20 so offensive? How would you respond to someone who thought these claims were ridiculous?
    3. Jesus is the image of the invisible God: how would you describe what Christians believe about Jesus and his deity to a friend?
    4. How do you feel about the importance of church in general, and your church in particular? How have the ideas of this passage changed those views?
    5. Could you explain in a way that a non-believer could understand the reasons why Jesus had to become a living, breathing human being in order to save us?
    6. How does Jesus’ sacrificial death make peace? What could be offensive about that claim?
    7. What has changed in your own life since you first trusted in Jesus? What steps do you need to take to remain “stable and steadfast” in your faith?
    8. “Holy”, “blameless”, “above reproach” (v 22). How would believing these truths to be accurate descriptions of yourself change the way you live and feel about your Christian life?
  • Jan 16, 2022The LORD’s Servant – Isaiah 49:1-7
    Jan 16, 2022
    The LORD’s Servant – Isaiah 49:1-7
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Who is the Servant of the LORD spoken of in Isaiah 49:1-7? How do we know?
    3. What can we learn from verse 4 about how to handle discouraging results as we seek to labor for the Lord’s Kingdom?
    4. God was accomplishing something bigger than just the return of Judah from exile. What would God do through the Servant? (See verse 6.)
    5. How are you also a part of the bigger picture of what God is doing in the world?
  • Jan 9, 2022The Folly of Idolatry – Isaiah 44:6-20
    Jan 9, 2022
    The Folly of Idolatry – Isaiah 44:6-20
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Why are all people so prone to the worship of idols?
    3. How does God demonstrate in Isaiah 44-45 that He alone is God?
    4. What are common idols of today? Where is your heart tempted to trust in an idol?
    5. Why is idolatry so foolish? How have you experienced this to be true in your own life?
    6. What is the remedy for man’s idolatry?
  • Jan 2, 20224 Prayers for 2022 – Matthew 28:16-20
    Jan 2, 2022
    4 Prayers for 2022 – Matthew 28:16-20
    4 Prayers for 2022 - Matthew 28:16-20
    1. Lord, help us to remember that we exist for your glory.  May the glory of your name be our overarching purpose in all things and at all times.
    2. Lord, help us to fulfill our mission of reaching the lost with the glorious hope of the Gospel in Ozark and to the ends of the earth.
    3. Lord, help us to fulfill our ministry of encouraging one another to grow and mature more and more into the image of Christ as His disciples.
    4. Lord, help us to trust your ordained means of working in and through your people as we proclaim your Word and pray.   
  • Dec 26, 2021Do Not Fear – Isaiah 43:1-7
    Dec 26, 2021
    Do Not Fear – Isaiah 43:1-7
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. What are you tempted to fear? How does this passage address these fears?
    3. What brother or sister in Christ do you know who may need to hear the message of this passage? How could you try to share it with him or her?
    4. When we go through the waters and fires of difficulty and trials, how can the truths of this passage give you encouragement?
    5. Why is it so important that we understand and embrace the message of verse 7? How does this perspective on life’s purpose impact your life?
  • Dec 19, 2021The Servant of the Lord – Isaiah 42:1-9
    Dec 19, 2021
    The Servant of the Lord – Isaiah 42:1-9
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Where is this prophecy quoted or referenced in the New Testament? (See Matthew 12:18-21). Who is the Servant spoken of in Isaiah 42? 
    3. What does it mean for Jesus to bring justice to the nations? How is this already happening? In what way do we still long for it to happen? 
    4. Why is it significant that Jesus does not reject lowly and weak people but chooses to build His just Kingdom through them? How does this encourage you?
    5. How is Jesus a light to the nations? Why is this metaphor so helpful for us in understanding His mission? (See John 1:9, John 8:12, & Colossians 1:13).   
  • Dec 12, 2021The Greatness of God – Isaiah 40
    Dec 12, 2021
    The Greatness of God – Isaiah 40
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. In what sense did John the Baptist fulfill the words of Isaiah 40:3-5 (see Mark 1:1-8)?
    3. How might Isaiah 40:6-8 give us more confidence in our effort to evangelize and in our calling to be countercultural as Christians? (See also I Peter 1:23-25.)
    4. We definitely see the greatness of God beautifully described in Isaiah 40. Is there a description of His greatness that really stands out to you? Why? 
    5. What does Isaiah 40:26-31 teach us to do with our weariness and weakness? How has God been your strength in such times?