Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Tearing Our Garments: The Role of Repentance in spiritual formation

The Reign of King Josiah

Josiah was king of Judah in the 7th century BC. He brought about major religious reforms and is often credited with compiling important Hebrew scriptures. Josiah became king of Judah at the age of eight, after the assassination of his father, King Amon, and reigned for thirty-one years. He is mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus and is described as a very righteous king. He dealt with many issues, both personally and as a leader of a nation. His life and story is one that can have great impact on the church today when it comes to leadership, repentance and resistance.

Best Practices for Missional Community Bible Study Facilitation

  • As you begin each study, pray that God will speak to you through his Word.
  • Listen attentively to other members. Encourage only Bible reading from phones during the study.
  • Work to include everyone’s voice by asking follow-up questions, restating what you heard someone say, and asking for more details to thoughts given by group members.
  • It is often helpful for someone to take notes of the discussion and send them out afterwards to reinforce key learnings from the study.
  • Pray for one another and be accountable to applying the word of God to your lives.

General Questions:

  1. What does this scripture communicate about the heart of God?
  2. What does it teach us about ourselves?
  3. Does it challenge our thinking/beliefs in a new way?

Sermon Specific Question:

  1. Read 1 Kings 13. Jeroboam is caught but refuses to change. Have you ever been caught red-handed? What was your response?
  2. How do you look like Jeroboam at times (unrepentant, prideful, etc.)?
  3. How do you see Jesus in the gospels modeling strength in humility? Find specific verses/stories.
  4. After your discussion, close this week specifically praying for anyone who expressed a significant struggle in this area.