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May 20 - The Day of the LORD (Joel)

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Adult Education

We will continue with our new members class this coming Sunday at 10:00 in the Choir Room. This is for those who are interested in learning more about our understanding of church membership.  Please pray that the teaching would be helpful for those who are considering joining Christ Covenant Church.

Nik Lingle will continue his class titled Talking Points at 10:00am in the youth room. This class briefly addresses a variety of current issues in our society, applying a Christian worldview to each of these topics. This week we will discuss pornography.

Joel 2:23-32

23 “Be glad, O children of Zion,
    and rejoice in the Lord your God,
for he has given the early rain for your vindication;
    he has poured down for you abundant rain,
    the early and the latter rain, as before.

24 “The threshing floors shall be full of grain;
    the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 I will restore to you the years
    that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
    my great army, which I sent among you.

26 “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
    and praise the name of the Lord your God,
    who has dealt wondrously with you.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.
27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
    and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.

 

28 “And it shall come to pass afterward,
    that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    your old men shall dream dreams,
    and your young men shall see visions.
29 Even on the male and female servants
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.

Sermon Summary

It takes approximately 14 minutes to read the second minor prophet, Joel.  It is only three chapters with a fairly clear outline. Joel, whose name means Yahweh is Lord, speaks to the day of the Lord that will come upon all men and women. Joel interestingly uses a present crisis, a plague of locusts, as a template to better understand God’s judgment on the sins of the nations.  After warning of judgment, he calls all people to repentance showing God to be merciful and gracious as he promises restoration and renewal of all things.  This is a book that both warns and encourages us about the nature and goodness of God.

Review and Apply

Do you believe hell exists?  How much time do you think about it?  Who will end up in hell? Does hell make God cruel?  Why or why not?

How often do you think of the judgment of God on the last day?  How is it supposed to effect our lives today?  Why does it or does it not effect your life? 

What are some ways that you have/can encourage others to think about it?

In the book of Joel, this invasion of locusts was a small act of judgment of God that pointed to something far greater.  Does God use smaller acts of judgment in the lives of people today in order to point to something greater beyond?  How would you explain this?  

If God is sovereign over all creation, how would you explain the goodness of God in the face of natural disasters?  Does this make God cruel?  Why or why not?

Why is it natural to assume that our perceptions of events in this world are correct?  

How can you grow this week in having a greater fear over God's holiness than other's opinions of you?

Out of all the things God will restore, what is most exciting to you?  Why?