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May 12 - A Day of Judgment and Salvation (Zephaniah)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.

Adult Education

This Sunday Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching a Reading the Gospels class. It will focus on interpreting the writings of the four evangelists in the context of the canon. Attention will be given to the nature of the Gospels, the message of each Gospel, and how this corpus teaches us to read the Scriptures. The class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.

Worship Songs

All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name
Living Hope
Cornerstone
My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
His Mercy Is More
Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Crimean Tatar of Uzbekistan  

Zephaniah 1:7-13

7 Be silent before the Lord God!
    For the day of the Lord is near;
the Lord has prepared a sacrifice
    and consecrated his guests.
And on the day of the Lord's sacrifice—
“I will punish the officials and the king's sons
    and all who array themselves in foreign attire.
On that day I will punish
    everyone who leaps over the threshold,
and those who fill their master's house
    with violence and fraud.

10 “On that day,” declares the Lord,
    “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate,
a wail from the Second Quarter,
    a loud crash from the hills.
11 Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!
    For all the traders are no more;
    all who weigh out silver are cut off.
12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
    and I will punish the men
who are complacent,
    those who say in their hearts,
‘The Lord will not do good,
    nor will he do ill.’
13 Their goods shall be plundered,
    and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses,
    they shall not inhabit them;
though they plant vineyards,
    they shall not drink wine from them.”

Summary 

Zephaniah prophesies of the coming day of the Lord. That day will bring judgment upon sinners and salvation for those who trust in the Lord. Those numbered among sinners are the "complacent," who spend their days in comfort and have no concern for God. Such people will not be able to hide from God's wrath. Those who trust in the Lord, however, will be hidden from his anger and will dwell with him securely. 

Review and Apply

What is the day of the Lord?

On that day who will be judged? Why will they be judged? 

Judah seems to have have fallen into the sin of syncretism. Are there ways in which you are guilty of this sin? 

Why are the complacent numbered among those whom God will judge? Are we living complacent lives, looking to money and comfort for security, rather than God? What are some ways in which we are tempted to live this way? 

Who will be saved from God's wrath? Explain how they will be saved. 

Are you ready for the day of the Lord? Why or why not?

Who are some people with whom you can share the news of the salvation at the Lord's coming?