The Time Is Now

Read Joel 1-2 

I.  TIME TO WAKE UP   1:1-12

  • Who is speaking?  1:1
  • What disaster is described?  Give the phrases that indicate the disaster affected the people environmentally; socially; financially; nationally; religiously; and agriculturally.
  • Name one disaster we have experienced recently for each of the above categories.
  • What disaster are you experiencing in your personal world?
  • How are you responding?  With anger?  Self-pity?  Complaining?  Or _________ (you fill in the blank).

II.  TIME TO CRY OUT   1:13-20

  • What is God’s purpose in allowing the disaster to take place according to Joel 1:13-14?  1:19?  2:12-14?
  • Do you think the disasters striking our world could have the same purpose today?
  • How did Joel urge his people to respond to the disaster and its broad impact?  Give phrases from Joel 2:12-17.
  • What hope is given to those who “wake-up” and “cry out”?  Give the phrases from Joel 2:18-27; 2 Chronicles 7:13-14; Hosea 14:1-2.
  • How do the following verses encourage you now to embrace the hope that God promises? Ephesians 5:14; Romans 13:11; Isaiah 60:1-2; 1 Peter 1:13.

Would you choose now to embrace the hope that God promises by waking up and crying out?

This Bible study was originally printed in our Winter 2012 newsletter.

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