Transition to the Bible Study

July Meeting Plan

(See Missions Mosaic, page 26.)

  1. Lead group members to find the Bible Study article in their magazine.
  2. Divide participants into three groups. Ask the groups to read through Nahum. Group One will note what they learn about God. Group Two will note what they learn about the city of Ninevah. Group Three will note what they learn about the ways of the enemy and the Assyrian rulers. Bring the groups back together and ask them to share their findings.
  3. Ask a volunteer to read Psalm 27, and lead the group to compare the enemy’s stronghold to the stronghold of God’s people. Discuss what it means to have the Lord as our stronghold.
  4. Ask a volunteer to read 1 Peter 5:8–11.
  5. Ask, How do you respond to God’s promise that He will restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you’ve suffered an attack from the enemy?
  6. Say, We can rejoice in Christ’s deliverance. What are we delivered from when we repent and believe the good news?
  7. Ask a few volunteers to share how they’ve been delivered through the work of Christ.
  8. Move into a brief discussion of intercessory prayer. Say, Intercessory prayer is the act of praying for others. Let’s take time to pray for those living in countries where there are attempts to silence the gospel. Pray for believers as well as for those who have rejected the good news and those who have not yet heard the good news. Ask our Father to change the hearts of the leaders of those countries. Ask Him to move boundaries and obstacles that hinder the spread of the gospel so that all nations can rejoice in Christ’s deliverance.
  9. Call on volunteers to pray.
     

August Meeting Plan

(See Missions Mosaic, page 26.)

  1. Say, It has been said, “Complacency prevents us from bringing healing to those who desperately need it. We become so self-satisfied we forget others are not as fortunate as we are.”
  2. Review the background for the study of Amos on page 26 in Missions Mosaic.
  3. Discuss how the following points from Amos’s message apply to modern-day believers:
    1. Violating God’s instructions leads to the downfall of a culture.
    2. Prosperity brings a sense of well-being that dulls the ability of people to see the needs of others.
    3. God judges injustice and disregard of covenant responsibility.
    4. Condemnation comes for those who grow rich at the expense of others and incorporate pagan practices into the worship of God.
    5. Destruction follows a lack of repentance.
    6. God can use people for the special tasks He intends in the redemption of the world only if they reject false ways and turn to Him in faith.
  4. In small groups, read Amos 5:18—6:14, noting how the people had become comfortable, complacent, and prideful. Compare these characteristics with those in the modern church today.
  5. Ask a volunteer to read chapter 9. Ask participants to share what this chapter teaches us about God. On a whiteboard or poster paper, list Who God Is and What He Does.
  6. Say, Amos ends with beautiful words of future restoration. What encourages you most about that vision of the future?
  7. Pray together, focusing specifically on those who are lost and for a spiritual awakening across the US and the world. Thank God for His grace and mercy in inviting people to repent and seek Him. Thank Him for the restoration and transformation He brings through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

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