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in Micah

Micah 1-2 - 12th June 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Micah chapters 1 and 2.
  2. What are your first impressions about this passage?
    1. How is the style of writing in this passage different than the style in the book of John?
    2. How would you describe the overall mood?
  3. What do we learn about this book from verse 1?
  4. Do you notice any repeated words or ideas in these chapters?
  5. What is significant about these two places mentioned, Jerusalem & Samaria?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do these verses teach us about God and what He is like?
  2. What were the sins that brought God's judgement?
    1. What makes covetousness or idolatry so evil in God's eyes?
    2. Read Ephesians 5:5 and James 4:1-2. How do these verses help you to see the danger of covetousness?
  3. How were God's judgments against Samaria righteous and just?
    1. Read 2 Kings 17:1-8 to see what happens to Samaria under King Ahaz.
  4. How do you think that the original audience heard these prophecies?
    1. How would you have responded?
    2. What effect did it have on Micah (Micah 1:8)? 
  5. How does the text change in the final verses (Micah 2:12-13)?
    1. What hope is there for God's people?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Perhaps you think that if you were rebuked by God then you would listen, but is this true?
    1. How do you normally respond to correction from others?
    2. Do you ever try to justify your sin or blame others for it?
    3. What can you do to grow to be more humble and teachable when corrected?
  2. Just like the people in Micah's day, we can seek to find teachers and counselors that tell us only what we want to hear.
    1. How can we guard ourselves against this?
    2. How can we help each other in guarding against this?
  3. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  4. Sing Holy, Holy, Holy to God and to one another.
in John

John 5:31-47 - 5th June 2022

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 5:31-47
  2. Do you notice any repeated words or ideas?
  3. Who are the different people/things that bear witness about Jesus?
  4. Do you see any illustrations or word pictures used?
  5. What connections do you see between this section and the previous section in John, verses 16-30?
  6. According to Jesus, why do the Jews fail to accept the Father's witness about Him? (v. 38-40)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Jesus could have stopped with just one witness (John the baptist) to verify his identity. What does it say about Jesus that he lists so many witnesses to the religious leaders?
    1. Read Deuteronomy 19:15. How does this help you understand what Jesus is trying to accomplish by listing so many witnesses?
  2. What does it mean in verses 35 that John the Baptist was a "burning and shining lamp"?
    1. Is this similar or different to Jesus, who is the light that came into the world (John 1:8)
  3. Do you think it's possible to love the Bible but not love Jesus? Explain why or why not.
  4. Jesus says that receiving "glory from people" (v. 41) is opposed to receiving glory from God (v. 44)? Why is receiving human praise a stumbling block to true belief?
  5. Read Deuteronomy 18:15 and Deuteronomy 31:26.
    1. How do these passages show that the Jews did not believe in Moses' writings?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Which of these "witnesses" to Jesus stands out the most to you? Why?
  2. How is your own life a witness to who Jesus is?
  3. What's an area of your life where you love the praise of people?
    1. Spend some time confessing those areas to one another.
  4. Pray in light of this passage and about any applications you have made
  5. Sing Jesus is Mine to God and to one another.

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