Sermon Bible Study Guides

Habakkuk 1:1-11 - August 25th 2017

Does God Care about injustice? (part 1)

Read Habakkuk 1:1-11

  1. What is Habakkuk’s complaint?
  2. Is this a fair complaint? Why is the situation this way? Why is God’s law paralyzed?
  3. How does the Lord answer? How will he deal with the evil Habakkuk sees in Judah?
  4. Was this to be expected or was it surprising? Why/why not?
  5. Who are the Chaldeans and what are they like?
  6. How does God use them? (answer using v. 1-11, then look ahead to v. 12)

 

Application:

  1. Can you relate to Habakkuk’s concern?
  2. Does evil in the world make you doubt God’s presence, goodness, justice, love?
  3. What does this example teach us about 1) prayer and 2) God’s responses to prayer?
  4. Can God use evil people? How? (Answer: Yes, of course, otherwise he couldn’t use anyone!)
  5. What does this passage tell us about God’s love, patience, justice, judgment?
  6. In what ways does this passage foreshadow or point to Jesus?

Psalm 119:1-24 - August 18th 2017

How should we respond to God’s Word?

Read Psalm 119:1-24:

  1. Who does the psalmist address in the psalm?
  2. What actions does this portion of Psalm 119 encourage in relation to God’s Word? (discuss all these different actions, what they mean, and how they overlap/differ)
  3. In light of this passage how should we feel about God’s Word?
  4. What role does the psalmist have in living according to God’s Word? (what’s our responsibility?)
  5. What does the psalmist ask God to do? (what’s God’s responsibility?)
  6. What is the result of faithfully engaging with and keeping God’s Word? What is the result of not doing so?

Application:

  1. How does this psalm change your view of God’s Word/Instructions?
  2. What if we don’t feel this way about our Bibles? What can we do? How can we encourage one another?
  3. What have been some tools or disciplines which have helped you engage with God’s Word and see it’s effects in your life?
  4. What is the purpose of studying God’s Word? What is the desired goal?
  5. How does this passage fit into the overarching storyline of the Bible and it's message concerning Christ?

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