TLCC CARE Sheet 3/13 "When the King Forgets God" 6 of 8

ICE BREAKER Have you ever had a basket in your kitchen that had some buried rotting fruit in it?  What all did you notice in your kitchen that was obvious to the eyes?

Title: “Woe to Israel”

Text: Amos 2:4-8; chs. 7 & 8

CONNECTING TO THE TEXT:

  1. What Kings reigned in Judah & Israel while Amos prophesied? Amos 1:1   (2 Chron. 26 & 2 Kings 14:23-29)
  2. What cultural characteristics are indicative of a nation that is ignoring God’s word? Amos 1 & 2
  3. How does Amos suggest God deals these “three and four sins” of the nations?  Amos 1 & 2
  4. How do you think the Israelites responded to Amos messages in chapter 1?
  5. What kind of a “religious” culture was predominate in Amos’ day? Amos 4:4-5
  6. What is the purpose of a “plumb line?” Amos 7:7-8
  7. What does a basket of “summer fruit” have to do with God’s judgment? Amos 8:1-8
  8. Can you imagine anyway Amos 9:13 could be prophesying what we read in Acts 2:47?

CONNECTING TO OUR LIVES:

  1. Imagine sitting in church and having Amos come and preach these sermons.  What do you imagine would be talked about at most Sunday dinner tables?
  2. What cultural characteristics seen in Amos can be seen in today’s culture?
  3. If the Law of Moses was the “plumbline” in the Old Testament, what is the “plumbline” in the New Testament.  1 Cor. 11:1

 

CONNECTING TO THE CHURCH:

  1. How has churches in the past handled Social Ministry?
  2. How should the church today handle Social Ministry?
  3. What is the difference between our church and “the emergent church?”

NEXT SUNDAY:

Title: “The Lord Sees and Calls to Account ”

Text: 2 Chr. 26 (Uzziah); 2 Kings 15:1-7 (a.k.a. Azariah)

  1. What did the King do?
  2. What did God do?
  3. What did the people do?
  4. What would you have done?
  5. What will you do?