Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the week: Sports: Make It a Thinking Man's Game
Saturday, July 12, 2014
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The prophet Isaiah speaks of restoration and hope—a future of everlasting joy when "the sound of weeping and crying will be heard no more" (Isa. 65:19). But there's a requirement for those who desire to experience that joy. As seen in today's study passage, people must repent and humble themselves before God. It's a message for an ancient people so quick to forsake God for other gods (Isa. 1:29). It's a message for today when the gods worshiped aren't made of wood or stone but are bulked-up athletes, millionaire celebrities, or heads of Fortune 500 companies.
- Why do we admire pro athletes, celebrities, and industry leaders? What makes their lives and lifestyles so attractive to us?
- Is it possible for pro athletes, movie stars, and billionaire businessmen to be truly humble? Why or why not?
- According to this study passage, what will God do for the humble and repentant?
- According to verse 21, what is the fate of those who reject God (v. 20)?
- If we would use humility as the standard for true heroism, who are some people worth admiring and emulating?
Key Study Passage:
Spend Time in Prayer: Remain silent for a few moments, reflecting on this week's readings and on today's Bible study. What comes to mind? Turn your thoughts into prayers of thanksgiving, confession, or specific requests.
God Forgives the Repentant
14 God says, "Rebuild the road!
Clear away the rocks and stones
so my people can return from captivity."
15 The high and lofty one who lives in eternity,
the Holy One, says this:
"I live in the high and holy place
with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.
I restore the crushed spirit of the humble
and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.
16 For I will not fight against you forever;
I will not always be angry.
If I were, all people would pass away—
all the souls I have made.
17 I was angry,
so I punished these greedy people.
I withdrew from them,
but they kept going on their own stubborn way.
18 I have seen what they do,
but I will heal them anyway!
I will lead them.
I will comfort those who mourn,
19 bringing words of praise to their lips.
May they have abundant peace, both near and far,"
says the Lord, who heals them.
20 "But those who still reject me are like the restless sea,
which is never still
but continually churns up mud and dirt.
21 There is no peace for the wicked,"
says my God.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me to watch sports—and all that entertains me—with my mind fully engaged; and even as I enjoy what I watch, help me to be discerning and apply Christian principles to all of my entertainment choices.
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