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?
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  • 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 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?
  • Dec 5, 2021God’s Rescue of Jerusalem – Isaiah 37
    Dec 5, 2021
    God’s Rescue of Jerusalem – Isaiah 37
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. The Assyrians taunt God’s people and ridicule God. How do we see this same thing happening today? Should we be angry or fearful at such taunts and ridicule?  Why not?
    3. What can we learn from Hezekiah’s humble prayer? How does his prayer challenge you in your own prayer life?
    4. What motivated God’s miraculous defense of Jerusalem? (See Isaiah 37:35.) How does a desire that God be known and honored by all the nations of the earth impact how you live and pray?
    5. Does it encourage your faith to learn of this historically verifiable miracle which demonstrated God’s power? How do you need to trust more deeply in the power of God in your own life?
  • Nov 28, 2021Don’t Go Down to Egypt! – Isaiah 31
    Nov 28, 2021
    Don’t Go Down to Egypt! – Isaiah 31
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Why was Judah tempted to seek help from Egypt rather than trusting God when threatened by Assyria?
    3. What “Egypt” have you been tempted to trust in rather than the Lord?
    4. How have you experienced such misplaced trust to be folly?
    5. What are the many different areas where we are tempted to trust in man and not God? What helps you to remember to turn from such false trusts? (See Isaiah 40:6-8, I Peter 1:22-25, & Psalm 20:7.)
    6. What command did God give to Judah in verse 6? How does this command apply to us?       
  • Nov 21, 2021A Song of Trust in the Wait – Isaiah 26:1-9
    Nov 21, 2021
    A Song of Trust in the Wait – Isaiah 26:1-9
    Series: Isaiah
    Questions for Discussion & Application
    1. What was confusing, convicting, or encouraging from this study of scripture?
    2. Judah needed to trust God and His promises (as seen in chapters 13-25) even as the nation was suffering at the hands of Assyria and Jerusalem was threatened by this empire. In what difficult circumstances do you need to trust God and His promises?
    3. What city is described in verses 1-2? How does Revelation 21:22-27 shed light on this?
    4. According to verse 3-4, what will give us peace in our minds? Where are you struggling to have peace? What do you need to do about this?  (See Philippians 4:6-7)
    5. Verses 8-9 describe God’s name and renown being the desire of our hearts and describe a soul that yearns and longs for Him? How is this like or not like your experience with God?