Grace in the Midst of Ruins – Amos 9. RBT Notes, 10th June

1.    God sees everything and everyone, and will bring all to judgement (vv.1-6). How do you sometimes forget this, and how does that show in your life?

2.    What warnings does God have for complacent Israel (vv.7-10)? Is there any grace here for them?

3.   Read the amazing (and unexpected) promise of vv.11-15 alongside Acts 15.12-18. How then is it ultimately fulfilled?

 

A Prayer to Pray

Father, You dwell with the contrite. In fact, You raise them up, just as You raised Your people from the ruins of their sin through Christ. May Amos’s message live in my heart, to make me humble, to guard against greed and hypocrisy, and to look to You always, the God of hope. Amen.

 

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Ripe – Amos 8. RBT Notes, 9th June

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1.   Look at vv.5-6: what sins are we guilty of as believers, where we take advantage of others? What do we need to remember about God (v.7)?

2.  How are vv.9-10 ultimately fulfilled at the Cross?

3.   Think about the church today. How might she be experiencing the warning of vv.11-12 as a people who won’t keep faith with Him?

 

A Prayer to Pray

God of all mercy, forgive me for when I am complacent, smug, satisfied, and deaf to Your Word. Teach me to repent, teach me to hunger and thirst for righteousness. May Jesus, Your gift of righteousness, be increasingly the One I long for. Amen.

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Feel the Burn – Amos 7. RBT Notes, 8th June

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1.    What are the lessons for us about prayer, punishment and grace in the two visions of vv.1-6?

2.    How do vv.7-9 remind us that God will not compromise His holiness?

3.    How is Amos’ experience of the stress and cost of ministry a foreshadowing of the life and work of the Lord Jesus (vv.10-17)? And how does 2 Timothy 3.12 tie our lives to this suffering?

 

A Prayer to Pray

Lord God, teach me to care about Your Kingdom, and make me into a disciple of courage. So shape me, that suffering doesn’t surprise me when it comes, and that sacrifice and loss will never move me from my commitment to the Lord Jesus. For His sake, amen.

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Too much of everything? Amos 6. RBT Notes, 7th June

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1.    A people obsessed with pleasure, leisure, material comfort and a good reputation as God’s people (vv.1-7). How do the people of Israel mirror the church today? And where are you in that mirror?

2.   What does God think about human pride, and what will He do to the proud (vv.8-14)?

3.   Spend some time reflecting on Jesus’ promise in Matthew 11.28-30. Do you have a burden of pride or self-centedness to take to the Cross? Ask for grace, and discover afresh peace, rest and life in Jesus.

 

A Prayer to Pray

Lord Jesus, my heart is proud, loud, and so often cold to You. Forgive me! Open my eyes to the love I barely know I have for reputation, material pleasure and just about anything else but You. Change me for good, change me for You. Amen.

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Heart-wise – Amos 5. RBT Notes, 6th June

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1.   Bethel, Gilgal and Beersheba were places of alternative worship (vv.4-5). What is it in our hearts which makes us seek idols, and what is the remedy?
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2.   What is God’s charge against the people for their lack of justice (vv.7-17)? Why is this such a big deal for God?
3.   What does God want, and what does He get, from His people (vv.21-27)? How do we guard our hearts in order to give God full-hearted discipleship, rather than empty religion?
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A Prayer to Pray
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Lord God, every heart is open before You, and no secrets are hidden from You. Pardon me from my many sins, above all, the sin of a hypocritical heart. Show me the heart of love You have for me, as I see it at the Cross, so that I may give You a life of commitment, in the power of the Spirit. Amen.

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No Other Lord – Amos 3. RBT Notes, 3rd June 2016

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1.     Vv.1-.2: what is the connection between God’s choosing Israel, and His judging them? What do you learn about His character?

2.    A Lion, and a Lion whose roars the prophet brings to the people (vv.3-8). What had Amos’s people forgotten about God, and what are we tempted to forget about Him, too?

3.    Why is Israel being punished, in vv.14-15? Compare Isaiah 42.8 and 48.11, and ask yourself if this is bad or good news.

 

A Prayer to Pray

Lord God Almighty, You are so utterly removed from the vague, washed-out, come-and-go gods of our day, or of any day. You alone are God! Teach me awe, reverence, humility, and the fear of the Lord, above all. Amen.

 

 

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