03: A Holy and Just God – Thought Starters


“…mighty are those who obey His command. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?” Joel 2:11 NIV [Thought questions for A Holy and Just God April 17, 2013] 1. Tragedy can make us sensitive to God. When two horrible explosions blew up at the finish line for the Boston … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Refuge in Times of Trouble

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Biblical prophets compare the coming judgment from God to the roaring of a lion, a sound that makes everyone tremble (Joel 3:16, Amos 1:2, 3:8). In the Bible, Zion designates the location of God’s earthly throne in Jerusalem. From this place God will punish the enemy, but at the same time He will vindicate His people who … [Click to read more …]

03: A Holy and Just God – Teaching Plan

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Key Thought: God can use crises to make His people sensitive to their dependence on Him and their need for renewal and reformation. [Teaching Plan for A Holy and Just God April 15,2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Joel 1:14,15. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Gift of God’s Spirit

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Read Joel 2:28-29 along with Acts 2:1-21. How is Peter interpreting the prophecy of Joel here? On the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter announced that the Lord had fulfilled His promise, as given through Joel, regarding the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Accompanying the outpouring of the Spirit, and as a visible sign of God’s supernatural intervention … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Blow the Trumpet!

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When natural disasters occur, they provoke many questions, such as, “Why did God allow this to happen?” “Why have some people lived, while others have died?” “Is there a lesson here that we could learn?” Joel had no doubt that the locust plague could lead to a deeper insight into God’s universal plan. In chapter … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: A National Disaster

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Read Joel 1:1-12. What is happening to the land of Judah? The prophet, who lived in an agricultural society, calls upon the farmers to be dismayed at the loss of their grain and fruit harvests. The ecological destruction could cripple the nation’s economy for years. In addition to the loss of food, shade, and wood, there … [Click to read more …]