Malachi 3:13-4:2; Proverbs 1:7, 10:27, 14:26-27, 19:23; Luke 10:20; Revelation 3:5, 21:27; 1 Peter 1:8-9
Pastor Trev presented the final message in the series, “Malachi; Preparing the Way.”
- Read Malachi 3:13-15. Pastor Trev began by asking, “Is it worth it?” He answered by saying, “It depends on the question.” Think about something significant you have recently purchased or something in which you have recently invested substantial time. How did you determine whether it was worth it before you obligated yourself, and then after? In other words, did it live up to your expectations? How so?
- Read Malachi 3:16 and Proverbs 1:7, 10:27, 14:26-27, 19:23. If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (wisdom), what are the other six benefits of fearing the Lord according to these verses? Which of these is the most meaningful or important to you? Why?
- Re-read Malachi 3:16 and then read Luke 10:20, Revelation 3:5, and 21:27. Pastor Trev said, “There is writing that goes on in heaven. God is writing scrolls—He’s not oblivious to us and our serving Him.” According to these verses, what is God writing? Why do you think Jesus said that having one’s name written in heaven is more important than anything we might accomplish during our time on earth?
- Read Malachi 3:17-4:2. Pastor Trev said that God makes a list of those who say it’s worth it to serve God. He then gave five benefits that come from serving God: 1) We belong. 2) We receive loving mercy. 3) We look good (righteous). 4) We are made whole. 5) Life is good. In what order would you list these benefits, starting with the one that is most important? Of course, they are all important, but why is the first one on your list most important?
- Read 1 Peter 1:8-9. Pastor Trev concluded by saying, “We’re no fool to trust God. We can, and should, have joy.” What does Peter say are the two things we gain when we believe and trust in God, who we cannot see? Take some time to thank God for His wonderful gifts; those we have now and those we will enjoy with Him in the future.
This week’s challenge
Read chapters 1 &2 of Matthew and Luke to prepare for Christmas.