Read Read Malachi 2:10-17; Genesis 2:23-25; Genesis 5:1-2; 1 Peter 3:7-12; 1 Corinthians 16:13; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Pastor Trev presented the third message in the current series, “Malachi; Preparing the Way.”
1. Read Malachi 2:10-17. Pastor Trev began by saying, “I love it when we get things right. Malachi gets right to the things that are important.” In these verses, Malachi identifies a number of things that God detests or hates. What is the one thing in particular that God identifies as especially egregious, evidenced by its being repeated five times (verses 10, 11, 14, 15, 16)? Why do you think this this is so important to God?
2. Read Genesis 2:23-25, 5:1-2. According to these verses, God did not create human beings to be isolated. Why do you think God did not want man to be alone (hint: John 17:5)? Since Jesus was never married, why do you think God places such a high value on marriage (hint: Ephesians 5:23-32)? Will Jesus, the Lamb, ever marry? (hint: Revelation 19:7, 21:9).
3. Read 1 Peter 3:7-12. Pastor Trev said that our prayers can be hindered (delayed or unanswered) if husbands do not honor their wives. Why do you think this is so? In verses 8-12 Peter speaks to all believers, married and unmarried alike. What are the five character traits all believers should have (verse 8)? As believers, what are the six things we should avoid doing, and the four things we should do (verses 9-11)?
4. Read 1 Corinthians 16:13 and 1 Peter 5:8. Pastor Trev said, “If it gets too close, it’s often too late. Be on your guard. Put the walls way out there.” What do you think he meant by this? According to these verses what are the seven things (five in 1 Corinthians 16:13, and two in 1 Peter 5:8) we should do to guard ourselves from falling into sin or complacency?
5. Read 1 John 1:9 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Pastor Trev concluded by saying, “There is a God that loves you right here, right now. No matter how much you have messed up, you are loved by God.” Pastor Trev repeated that we have all messed up, even to the point where we might think God can no longer love us or forgive us, but that is not true. God always offers forgiveness, hope and renewal. What He asks is that we trust Him in everything. Take a minute and thank God for His unwavering faithfulness. If there is something in your life that you know is not right, give it to God and let Him change you from the inside out.
This week’s challenge: Act on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.