TiO 15 – The Story – The Return Home (Chapter 19)
The Main Idea
Sometimes it takes an outsider to get you moving In God’s direction. In this chapter the king of Persia initiates a movement back to Judah for some of the exiles and funds their quest to rebuild the temple. However, resistance leads to delay and delay leads to complacency. Finally, it takes a word from God to get the project back on track.
Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)
Q1: “All truth is God’s truth, all good work is God’s work.” Respond to this statement.
Q2: Have you ever been part of a project (personal or business) that took much longer than expected? How did you feel while you were In the middle of that project?
Q3: In an age where GPS is available to anyone with a smartphone, it is hard to Imagine being lost. Do you have a story about being lost somewhere?
Two things are easy for us to do. First, to reject the good things that happen in our society which are not initiated or sustained by people who are followers of Jesus. Second, to lose sight of the goals that God sets before us when continuing seems hard or risky. This chapter speaks to both of these Ideas.
Q1: Do you think that God’s purposes can be completed by people who are not Christians? Talk about that.
Q2: Have you ever entered a period of complacency—perhaps you are in one now—after beginning a task that you know God would have you do? Talk about why and how you got out of it.
It Is often hard to see the movement of God around us, especially if it is happening in a social context outside of the church.
Pray that God would help you to be faithful to the work that he has called you to, even if that work is happening outside of the church.