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May 26 - A Remedy for Spiritual Apathy (Zechariah)

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

Jesus Messiah
See The Destined Day Arise
You Alone Can Rescue
Christ Is Mine Forevermore
All Glory Be To Christ

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Druze of Syria.  

Zechariah 8:1-8

And the word of the Lord of hosts came, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath. Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the holy mountain. Thus says the Lord of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. Thus says the Lord of hosts: If it is marvelous in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvelous in my sight, declares the Lord of hosts? Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will save my people from the east country and from the west country, and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.”

Summary

Do you believe your best days are ahead of you? We know that a future hope gives motivation to live differently in the present. It encourages. It strengthens. God's future promise of good for tomorrow, changes the way we live today. This is Zechariah’s role as a prophet, to remind the people that the best days are ahead. In Zechariah with a more positive emphasis he seeks to encourage building the temple and continued spiritual renewal by reminding them of the future reign of the Messiah. In this book of dreams, visions, and poems, we are reminded to repent and consider what is good before us that we might live today for his glory, longing for that day to come.

Review and Apply

In what areas of life do you need to start over? Look at your relationships with family, friends and God. Are there things that you need to repent of and seek forgiveness?   

How quick are you to give another chance to those who have sinned against you or offended you with their words? Is there someone who needs your forgiveness? How will your move toward them to adorn the gospel?

In what ways can the study of God's word, increase our hope for the future? How does your present investment in the scriptures help you long for the day of redemption?  

What needs to change in your life to 'do' this word from 8:16-17, "These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace; do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath."

How can a brother or sister help you? Would others describe you as 'correctable' or 'teachable'? Why or why not? What changes are needed for this to be true of you?

How will studying the character and promises of God help shape the way you make decisions today?