Plunge 2017

Plunge Questions
 

Questions for October 15 Sermon

1) What does Amos 9:11-15 contribute to Amos’s message that hasn’t been prominent in the rest of the book?

2) Knowing what you know about Israel’s identity among the nations of the world (consider esp. 2 Chr. 7:14 and Dan. 9:18-19), what is so shocking about Amos 9:12?
3) James quotes from Amos 9:11-12 at the Jerusalem council of Acts 15:1-29. What point does he make in his use of this text?
 
 

Questions for October 8 Sermon

1) Use a study Bible or commentary to learn about the

relationship between the words translated “summer fruit” and “end” in Amos 8:2. How does this contribute to your understanding of the vision?

2) Use a study Bible or commentary to learn what it means to “make the ephah small and the shekel great” in Amos 8:5. What do Leviticus 19:35-36, Proverbs 20:10, and

Micah 6:10-11 have to say about this practice?

3) Search the occurrences of the phrase “pride of Jacob” throughout the Old Testament. What do you think this phrase refers to in Amos 8:7?

 

 

Questions for October 1 Sermon

1) Read Amos 7. How are Amos and Amaziah different?

2) In Amos 7:7, God says He will use a “plumb line” to judge His people. We read something very similar in Isaiah 28:16-17. In context, how are these plumb lines the same and/or different?

3) God is PATIENT (2 Pet. 3:8-9). God is MERCIFUL (Mic.
7:18). But God is also HOLY (Lev. 10:3). And God is JUST (Ps. 7:11)
How do you understand the apparent tension between these character traits of God?  

The writer of Ecclesiastes made his own conclusion in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. 

 
Questions for September 24 Sermon
 
1) Use Bible Gateway or Blue Letter Bible to look up every time the phrase “day of the Lord” shows up in the Old Testament.
What can you determine about that event?
 
2) Amos 5:18, 6:1, and 6:4 all start with the funeral cry of “Woe.” What three categories of sin are introduced by these three “woes”?
 
3) In Amos 5, God rejects Israel’s worship. He also does so in Isaiah 1; Isaiah 58; Jeremiah 7; Micah 6; Zechariah 7; and Malachi 1-3. What do all of these have in common?
 

Questions for September 17 Sermon

Three questions for consideration as you read Amos 3-4 in preparation for next week’s message:

1) In Amos 3-4, God says through Amos that His Word of Judgment was against the whole family of God meaning both the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. When and why did the kingdom split? (See 1 Kings 12:16-24.)
 
2) Why was God holding both Israel and Judah accountable? See Deuteronomy 30, especially verses 15-20.
 

3) How did worship in Israel break the Law of God? See 1 Kings 12:25-30.

Questions for September 10 Sermon

1) Use this map http://bit.ly/NSEFC091017 to look at the locations of the nations mentioned in Amos 1:1-2:16. What seems significant about the locations of the nations rebuked by the Lord?
 
2) What common actions are the nations rebuked for (Amos 1:3-2:3)? What is Judah rebuked for (2:4-5)? What is Israel rebuked for (2:6-16)? What do you think accounts for the differences?
 

3) How does Exodus 22:25-27 help us understand the action being condemned in Amos 2:8?

 

Take the Plunge!
Try one of our Life Groups beginning 
September 10.
 
During this 2017-2018 church year, when “World” ministries are at the forefront of our minds, we are reminded of the primary factor that distinguishes us as Jesus’ disciples in the world:
 
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34-35
 
In the place and time in which we live, a Christian can easily find himself or herself living an isolated life, almost completely removed from regular Christian community. This is a tragedy for the believer, but it is also a tragedy for the world. Christian isolation means the world has no opportunity to see the love we have for one another that sets us apart as Jesus’ disciples.
 
For that reason and others, we make a concerted effort each Fall to invite you to join a Life Group. Those already in Life Groups will renew their commitments to one another and open up their groups to make room for you. New groups often form. And for six weeks, we all work through the same sermon-based materials as a way of uniting us as a church across the numerous suburbs where we dwell.
 
This year’s Plunge will be an exploration of the Old Testament book of Amos. It will begin with the September 10th sermon and continue through the week of October 15th
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The message of Amos is that God cares.
 
He cares when we are the victims, and He cares when we are the victimizers. He cares enough to show mercy to the repentant, and He cares enough to exercise justice on the unrepentant.
 
God cares about the neglected, so He will act in response to their cries.
God cares about violence, so He will bring vengeance on the perpetrators.
God cares about injustice, so He will remove wicked leaders.
God cares about hypocrisy, so He will put a stop to false religious pretenses.
God cares about His covenant, so His people are first to receive both blessing and rebuke.
God cares about His people, so He lovingly disciplines them in hopes that they will repent.
God cares about His promises, so He makes good on them in Jesus the Messiah.
 
Would you consider giving a Life Group a try for the six weeks of the Plunge? There is no commitment beyond that – just try it out and see what you think! We are confident that your walk with the Lord will benefit from rubbing shoulders with fellow brothers and sisters on a regular basis. And our hope is that our neighbors on the North Shore will see something different in our Life Group communities – a family-type love that can’t be found anywhere else.
 
Contact Karen or Pastor Tim to get connected with a Life Group.