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:
- What Kings reigned in Judah & Israel while Amos prophesied? Amos 1:1 (2 Chron. 26 & 2 Kings 14:23-29)
- What cultural characteristics are indicative of a nation that is ignoring God’s word? Amos 1 & 2
- How does Amos suggest God deals these “three and four sins” of the nations? Amos 1 & 2
- How do you think the Israelites responded to Amos messages in chapter 1?
- What kind of a “religious” culture was predominate in Amos’ day? Amos 4:4-5
- What is the purpose of a “plumb line?” Amos 7:7-8
- What does a basket of “summer fruit” have to do with God’s judgment? Amos 8:1-8
- Can you imagine anyway Amos 9:13 could be prophesying what we read in Acts 2:47?
CONNECTING TO OUR LIVES:
- 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?
- What cultural characteristics seen in Amos can be seen in today’s culture?
- 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:
- How has churches in the past handled Social Ministry?
- How should the church today handle Social Ministry?
- What is the difference between our church and “the emergent church?”
Title: “The Lord Sees and Calls to Account ”
Text: 2 Chr. 26 (Uzziah); 2 Kings 15:1-7 (a.k.a. Azariah)
- What did the King do?
- What did God do?
- What did the people do?
- What would you have done?
- What will you do?