Joel 2 Restore notes

//Joel 2 Restore notes

Joel 2 Restore notes

Joel 2: Restore

Discussion notes based on the sermon preached the evening of 15-5-22

STUDY MATERIAL

Read the passage again and don’t forget to start your meeting in prayer.

Particularly ask that the Holy Spirit would guide your discussion and help you to apply what is said in Scripture to your lives today. Sermons are available on the St John’s website or YouTube channel.

Sermon Outline

Joel 2:12-32 ‘Restore’

1. A promise for the past (vv. 12-18): to cleanse the conscience from sin
2. A promise for the present (vv. 19-27): to be with us present circumstances
3. A promise for the future (vv. 28-32): to receive the Spirit and be ready for the final day

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION

Opener: In which direction are you looking? Are you preoccupied by the past, present or future?

1. Repentance was often symbolised by the tearing of clothes (see Numbers 14.6), what does verses 12-17 tell us about true sorrow for sin? What other ways can we show true repentance today?

2. From these verses (12-18) what do we learn about the love shown by the Lord to his people? How does this bring you comfort as we think about the sins of the past?

3. Looking at verses 19-27, in what ways does the Lord change their present circumstances?

4. The Bible never tells us that being a Christian will change all our present circumstances (1 Peter 4.12-14), but what promise can we be 100% sure about (see Joel 2:27)? How does this make you feel about your present circumstances?

5. Trace through the Holy Spirit’s activity in the Old Testament:
– Genesis 1:2, 6:3
– Numbers 11.11, 25-26; 11.18
– Deuteronomy 34.9
– 2 Kings 2.9, 15
– Joel 2.28-32
What do we learn?

6. Reading Acts 2.14-24, what is the significance of the Holy Spirit being poured out? What do you think is meant by ‘prophecy’, ‘visions’ and ‘dreams’ here, and what does/doesn’t that mean for us now?

7. Why does the gift of the Holy Spirit really matter on the ‘day of the Lord’, see verses 31-32? Do you feel comforted by this?

Prayer:

If able, share the regrets of the past, the concerns of the present and the fears of the future.

“God Knows” (also known as The Gate of the Year) by Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957) used by King George VI in his Christmas address to the nation in 1939:

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.

 

So heart be still:
What need our little life
Our human life to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low,
God hideth His intention.

God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision,
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him,
All time hath full provision

Then rest: until
God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes,
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail,
Fair beyond all surmise
God’s thought around His creatures
Our mind shall fill.

2022-05-25T16:54:37+00:00