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June 9 - A Promise Kept (Malachi)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.

Adult Education

This Sunday Miguel Echevarria will continue teaching a Reading the Gospels class. It will focus on interpreting the writings of the four evangelists in the context of the canon. Attention will be given to the nature of the Gospels, the message of each Gospel, and how this corpus teaches us to read the Scriptures. The class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.

Worship Songs

All Creatures Of Our God and King
Jesus Son Of God
Come Ye Sinners Poor And Needy
Behold Our God
All Glory Be To Christ

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Sunda of Indonesia.

Malachi 4

 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.

“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lordcomes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”

Summary

This coming Sunday, we will hear from the last prophet in the OT, Malachi. Malachi was a prophet about 100 years after Haggai and Zechariah and around the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. This is the last prophetic word given by God for 400 years until John the Baptist. God sends Malachi to call the people to spiritual renewal and genuine worship. It is a unique book. After reminding the people of God's covenantal love for them, the book records a series of disputations or charges of sin that God brings to the people which is followed by the promise of deliverance through the day of the Lord. 

Review and Apply

In what ways do you struggle with believing God loves you? How does his love look different to you?

How is your worship often second best? How can that change?

How can you walk out greater faithfulness in your marriage/relationships? Give three ways.

How are you robbing God? What does that say about your understanding of God as the giver of all things? What needs to change?

How does Malachi prepare us for the coming fo John the Baptist and Jesus?

In what ways does the 'Day of the Lord frighten and excite you? How can you be better prepared for that day?