Stacey Joshua will be bringing our third and final teaching in our Women's Ministry Brunch Series this Saturday, June 25th - 9AM @ the church.
We have been looking at Cultivating Faithfulness in three areas:
1) In our walk with God
2) In our relationships with each other
3) In our mission -personally and corporately - in what God has called us to do
Before coming to the brunch, we invite you to do the small Bible Study (found below) in preparation for what we will be teaching. Just spending a few minutes reading, meditating and interacting with God's word beforehand, will greatly enhance our time together.
Looking forward to being together and to what God's Spirit will do among us on Saturday!
Sovereign Grace Women’s Brunch
“We Have a Strong City” - Isaiah 26: 1-13
Part I: Background and Context
Isaiah was God’s man for the people of Israel from 740 to 701 B.C., from fragile prosperity through war from without, unfaithfulness within, Israel’s exile to Babylon, and Judah’s catastrophic encounter with Assyria; four kings ruled during his prophetic tenure: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. King Uzziah’s reign was peaceful and prosperous, stable; both the northern and southern kingdoms – Israel and Judah respectively – were able to reclaim territory while Egypt and Assyria were beset with domestic issues, to the degree that Israel and Judah had almost restored the boundaries established at the height of the Solomonic empire.
Take a moment to Google “Isaiah’s Israel” for a map of the northern and southern kingdoms and neighboring nations.
1. What does it speak of God’s character that a prophet like Isaiah would be appointed for this hour in Israel and Judah?
2. What is the danger of prosperity as demonstrated by Israel and exposed by Isaiah in chapters 1 and 5? How might the body of Christ be prophetically positioned to speak to this danger in present-day America?
3. What do we observe of God’s purpose for the prophetic office and the spirit of prophecy in Isaiah? Consider Isaiah 1:10-15, 6:11-13, 36, 37, 46, 47, 56:1-8, or 57:3-13.
Part II: Crisis and God’s Intervention
During Jotham’s reign, however, Israel and Syria allied to war against Judah, the southern kingdom, and her king, Ahaz, responded with fear and unbelief (Isaiah 7-9), looking to the Assyrians for a political alliance and solution instead of trusting God, who’d gladly and freely offered Ahaz a sign (Isaiah 7:12) in order to assure Ahaz of his own intervention and protection on Judah’s behalf.
1. Why does God offer Ahaz a sign (Isaiah 7:12)? What does this speak of God’s character?
2. How does King Ahaz demonstrate for us a false humility rooted in irreverence and unbelief? How might our hearts be adjusted here to discern the difference between humility (deference) and cowardly unbelief?
3. How have we preferred political solutions over faith in God’s sovereign guidance? We are called to be law-abiding, light-bearing citizens in whichever government God has ordained for us; however, mightn’t we have “hitched our horse” to parties and men as opposed to actively praying to God and trusting Him as the ultimate Arbiter and Guide for our nation?