Prayer Meeting

Dear Friends, In our reading time a couple of nights ago we had these verses: Matthew 28:5–6 (NIV) 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. What a tremendous reminder that the miracle of the resurrection is our certain hope and is so important that even angels invite us to look at the evidence and believe. We do not have to fear death because Christ has been there before us and has defeated it. Home Groups We look forward to home groups tonight. As last time we will all gather in the Zoom room for 7:25pm and then once we are in place we will separate off into our various groups for discussion and prayer. Do come along and take part and remember this is not just for your encouragement and strengthening it is a way that you can serve other people and encourage them. The link is now the same for all meetings: We are going to be looking at Isaiah 1 tonight. The link for the sermon is here: And the questions we are going to look at will be something like this: Section 1: relationship (v2-9) 1. What imagery does Isaiah use in v2-5 to paint a picture of Israel's relationship with God? 2. What do you think Isaiah is trying to convey with his illustration in v6? 3. What overall impression does Isaiah give about the consequences of Israel's rejection of God in v7-9? 4. How has the current crisis affected your own relationship with God? Section 2: religion (v10-20) 5. What is God's take on the religious activities of Israel in v10-15? 6. What needs to happen in order to correct this in v16-20? 7. In what ways are we empty in our own religion (e.g. Gaps between "social /everyday life" and "religious" life Section 3: righteousness (v21-31) 8. In what ways has Israel turned from a righteous life in v21-23? 9. What is God going to do to turn the harlot city (v21) into the city of righteous (v26) in verses 24-31? 10. What does the NT add to this idea of correction/discipline? Overview questions 11. How does Isaiah 1 make you view sin? 12. How can Isaiah 1 lead us to love Jesus more? God bless, Paul