The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series   (lp)

February 2016 – Isaiah: Study 6

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 10-20

Points of Consideration:

Chapter 10

  • What was to become of those who issued evil against those who were needy, poor and desirous of justice?
  • Whom did God use to carry out His vengeance?
  • Why was the LORD angry regarding His people?
  • What drove the Assyrians and/or what was their motivation to fight?
  • How would the LORD deal with Assyria, ultimately? Why?
  • Who is the Light of Israel and the Holy One?
  • What did the LORD want to accomplish by His acts against His people?

Chapter 11

  • What or who was to come from the stock of Jesse?
  • What was the Spirit of the LORD to impart?
  • What would the earth be full of with regard to the LORD? (Isaiah 11:9)
  • What is the comparative relationship between what is uncovered in chapter 11 and what is known about the exodus of God’s people from Egypt?

Chapter 12

  • What is the significance of Isaiah 12:1?
  • What encouragement or inspiration can be drawn from this chapter?
  • What was to be made known about the LORD?
  • What were the inhabitants of Zion to do? (Isaiah 12:4-6)

Chapter 13

  • What was the burden of Babylon which was seen by Isaiah?
  • What was to become of the evil, the wicked and the proud?
  • What was Babylon’s end to be? (Isaiah 13:19)

Chapter 14

  • What will the LORD show or demonstrate toward Jacob?
  • What was to be the end of those who attempted to elevate themselves above the Most a High?

Chapter 15

  • What was the burden concerning Moab?
  • What role did ancient Moab play in the history of God’s people?
  • How was mourning displayed in ancient times?

Chapter 16

  • What is the significance of Isaiah 16:5?

Chapter 17

  • What was the burden concerning Damascus?
  • What is the significance of Isaiah 17:10-11?
  • What was to become of those who plundered and pillaged God’s people?

Chapter 18

  • What message is the LORD conveying in chapter 18? (You are encouraged to dig deeply into this chapter.)

Chapter 19

  • What three points can be ascertained from this chapter?
  • What is the significance of Isaiah 19:22?

Chapter 20

  • What did the LORD instruct Isaiah to do?
  • How was being stripped or naked viewed in ancient times (what did it represent)?
  • Did Isaiah waver or hesitate in doing what was asked of him? (How do you know?)

Personal Reflection:

Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
What is your #destination message from chapters 10-20?

Questions:

  • Do you stand against those who would do harm to the poor and needy?
  • How do you use your voice to fight for justice?
  • Are you ever confused or troubled by the actions of God? (How do you move past any confusion? Do you seek assistance?)
  • What does repentance mean to you personally?
  • Is the LORD the Savior to you on a daily basis?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do for you as a Christian?
  • What does it mean to quench the Spirit? (1Thessalonians 5:19)
  • Is having a personal testimony still relevant in today’s times?
  • Are worship, praise and prayer related and do you practice them all?
  • Have you allowed anything in your life to become greater, higher or more significant than God? (Discuss.)
  • Have you ever felt like the LORD has been quiet during a time of your greatest need? (If so, what do you think His lesson to you might have been?)
  • Have you ever shown your raw and uncovered self to the LORD? (Why or why not? Was or is there a benefit in doing this?)
  • If the LORD asked you to do a difficult thing or hard task that was out of your comfort zone, would you do it?

Going Further: Define and/or research the following terms.

  • Idol
  • Remnant
  • Outcast
  • Salvation
  • Exalt
  • Chaldeans
  • Captive
  • Proselyte
  • Refuge
  • Reverence
  • Altar
  • Inheritance/heritage

“Then in the tent of David a throne will be established by faithful love. A judge who seeks what is right and is quick to execute justice will sit on the throne forever.” – Isaiah 16:5 (HCSB)

The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series

January 2016 – Isaiah: Study 5

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 9

Points of Consideration:

Chapter 9

  • What is the significance of the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali in the history of God’s people?
  • Who are the people who “walked in darkness” and “dwelt in the land of the shadow of death” referred to in Isaiah 9:2?
  • Is the indication of a light referring to that which is to come?
  • What is a yoke (of burden)?
  • Who is being presented or rather foretold of in Isaiah 9:6-7?
  • Who did the LORD send a word (message) against?
  • Who spoke with a proud and arrogant heart?
  • Who rose up against God’s people?
  • Why was Israel to be devoured by the mouths of her adversaries?
  • Did Israel respond to God immediately with repentance?
  • Who were the tail and head of Israel? (Isaiah 9:15)
  • Who were those identified as the cause of Israel going astray?
  • What was to happen to those who were being led astray?
  • Why were God’s people called hypocrites?
  • What is the significance of likening wickedness to fire?
  • How do Manasseh, Ephraim, and Judah relate to one another in terms of ancient Biblical history?
  • How does Psalm 7:11 reflect what was learned about God in this chapter?

Personal Reflection:

Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
What is your #destination message from chapter 9?

Questions:

  • Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt trapped in the darkness of your sins? Discuss.
  • Do you presently know of anyone who is making their dwelling place in the land of shadows, and what are you doing to share God’s light with them?
  • Does God always provide a way out of darkness? Out of sin? Out of temptation? (What does the Bible say about this?)
  • What does Matthew 11:29 mean to you personally? (Prior to answering this question, make sure that you understand what the definition of yoke is.)
  • Who is Jesus to you and what does He mean for or add to your life?
  • What does the Bible say about pride, arrogance, and wickedness, and why is it important for you to be aware of this?
  • Do you know why you believe what you believe?
  • What lesson is God teaching you about yourself through this study?

Going Further: Research the battle of Midian.

“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us… Isaiah 9:6-7 (HCSB)

The Major Prophet|Isaiah

A #DestinationJESUS Sunday Bible Study Series

January 2016 – Isaiah: Study 4

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Assigned Reading: Isaiah 6-8

Points of Consideration:

Chapter 6

  • Who was it that saw the vision of the LORD sitting upon a throne?
  • How great and awesome is God when considering the wording used in Isaiah 6:1-4?
  • What does it mean to be a man of unclean lips?
  • How is the LORD of Hosts described in the Bible?
  • What is a seraphim?
  • What is the significance of the altar, according to Biblical history?
  • How would you describe the process of purging, as it relates to Isaiah 6:7?
  • What was the specific instruction given to the prophet in Isaiah 6:9…?
  • What or who is the “holy seed” being presented at the close of the chapter?

Chapter 7

  • Who attacked Jerusalem? Why?
  • What did God instruct Isaiah to do?
  • Was there a promise or assurance made by God in chapter 7?
  • How is Isaiah 7:14 significant in God’s timeline?
  • What does “refuse the evil and choose the good” mean?
  • How are the following nations – Assyrian and Egyptian – relevant to the history of God’s people?
  • Why will the land become briers and thorns? (Isaiah 7:24)

Chapter 8

  • What did the LORD instruct Isaiah to write on the scroll?
  • What is the definition of prophet and/or prophetess?
  • What is the significance of the stream or waters of Shiloah?
  • How relevant is Isaiah 8:13-14?
  • How would one know whether or not light was present in God’s people? (See Isaiah 8:20)

Personal Reflection:

Did any one verse resonate with you personally?
What is your #destination message from chapters 6, 7, and 8?

Questions:

  • What is your life about…unclean lips and unpurged sins or holy living and repentance?
  • What are some of the promises of God that you refer to when you need to be reassured?
  • Do you feel that it is more difficult or less difficult when it comes to refusing the evil and choosing the good? Discuss.
  • Does the word prophet or prophetess carry the same weight in present days as it did in ancient times? How is this relevant to your life and walk?

Going Further: Explore the ancient Hebrew empire.

It is the Lord of hosts whom you are to regard as holy and awesome.
He shall be your fear, He shall be your dread [not man]. “Then He shall be a sanctuary [a sacred, indestructible shelter for those who fear and trust Him]…” – Isaiah 8:13-14 (AMP)

Destination JESUS|The Genesis, Part 2/4 (Preparation)

Destination JESUS|The Genesis (Laying the Foundation for 365-16)

December 2015 – Part 2 of 4 (Preparation)

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The process of preparation is no small thing. It requires much from an individual. It requires that one be properly conditioned or readied. It requires that one puts things in order and/or prioritize. It also requires that one takes action, looking to the LORD and His Word to get a thorough understanding of what must come to pass.

 

This week, the Phone Tree Bible Study Group will focus on three key scriptural texts, in order to learn how to best be prepared for the road ahead and specifically for Destination JESUS 365-16.

Destination JESUS|The Genesis Preparation Assignments:

PRAY. (Assignment: Commit to praying every day this week. Ask the LORD (every day) to prepare your mind and heart for what He wants to show you in your present time, as well as in the coming year. Ask Him to shape your path where your OneWord or 1Concept is concerned.)

STUDY. (Assignment: Read each of the following passages. Refer to your favorite Bible translation, in addition to the Voice and the Amplified Bible. (bible gateway.com))

1. CONDITIONED & READIED -> Ephesians 6:10-18

2. ORDER/PRIORITIZE -> Luke 2:41-52

3. TAKE ACTION -> 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

NOTE: (Assignment: Take notes, making sure to ask yourself how each of the passages above speaks to the subject matter indicated. (i.e. What is Eph. 6:10-18 revealing as it relates to me being conditioned or made ready? How does this reinforce the idea of preparation?))

PARTNER: (Assignment: Send an email to edifier1@hotmail.com to secure a list of reflective questions to go along with this week’s STUDY assignment or to make your prayer requests known.)

Destination JESUS Objectives:

To grow closer to the LORD GOD

To know a life-altering intimacy with His WORD

To experience a radical SPIRITual transformation

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NEXT WEEK: Destination JESUS|The Genesis (Laying the Foundation for 365-16), Part 3/4 (Prayer Power)

 

Finding the Light After a Season of Darkness

“I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

John 8:12

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Have you ever been in a dark room for a long period of time? How did it make you feel?

Did you feel isolated, cut off, lonely, or disconnected?

Did you feel anxious, depressed, fearful, or hopeless?

Did you sweat, get nauseous, have heart palpitations, or experience a sense of confusion or disorientation?

Did you have a nervous, agitated energy that was hard to contain?

Living without the LORD can be much like this. It can be a solitary, frightening, troubling state. There can be a great sense of dissatisfaction or lack that overwhelmingly burdens an individual and shakes him to the core. Many may disagree with me, however, for some, this is a truth.

Existing in a state that offers no light, no illumination, and no hope or sense of brightness can influence the mental, emotional, physical, and even the spiritual being of a man. It can be so debilitating, after a time, to the point of nonfunctionality.

Now, if you have been in a darkened room for a long period of time and a light was suddenly turned on, how did it make you feel?

Were you stunned?

Did you experience a brief degree of discomfort as your eyes adjusted to the unexpected light?

Did you feel an immediate sense of relief or calmness?

Did you become more confident or courageous with regard to mastering your surroundings?

Were you suddenly injected with a feeling of joy in the soul of your heart?

Did a new sense of hope come over you?

Living in the Light of the LORD is much like this. It is comforting, brilliant, soothing, and exciting. It brings with it a joyfulness or, perhaps, an awe that manifests itself as praise. It ushers in a desire to worship and to learn. It influences an individual to engage in countless opportunities meant for growth and knowledge.

When there is the presence of the Light in the life of someone who was stranded or rather lost in darkness, there comes an unapologetic zeal for all things God.

But I would have you consider this – how does one actually find the Light after a season of darkness?

How does one come upon, locate, discover, obtain, perceive, become aware of, gain, and/or uncover the Light of the LORD?

Seek…

Follow…

Learn…

Spiritual Life Fitness Study: Read and reflect on the following scriptures. Dissect them and see the illuminating lesson(s) behind each.

  • SEEK -> Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7
  • FOLLOW -> John 8:12; Matthew 16:24; Luke 18:22
  • LEARN -> Matthew 11:28-29

And for those who are desirous of finding the Light after a season of darkness but don’t know how to initiate or begin the process of seeking, following, or learning, it is important that we care or them or rather love them enough to share the message of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20, AMP)

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Coming December 2015…Destination Jesus

A brand new Phone Tree Bible Study Group Sunday series is coming your way in December 2015!

Destination Jesus kicks off Sunday, December 6.

Make plans to join us and to stay connected.

Finding the Time to Find the Time

Whew! What a whirlwind it’s been here at the Phone Tree. A lot of exciting things are happening behind the scenes, and I know you’re going to love them. Join me in prayer, as I ask God to prepare the way for us to move in His new direction.

Until we commune again, I want to encourage you to find the time to find yourself before the presence of the Magnificent and Almighty LORD. You won’t regret it!

Scripture Delight-to-Go: Ecclesiastes 3 (A Time To…)

Stay tuned for more.