Community Group Questions 12.13.20

by Dec 13, 2020

Sermon // Advent of Wrath & Love

1. In his Novel A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens explains the world of that day (Winter of 1775):

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness,
it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

Would you say this is a good description of this year (and this Christmas season)? Why or why not?

2. In Zephaniah chapters 1–2, we see that the Day of the Lord is a day of punishment. But this punishment is “restorative to the people of God and punitive to the wicked.” Can you think of an example in your life where God’s punishment was restorative toward you or punitive toward sin in your life?

3. Why doesn’t God just shield us from being punished or protect us from receiving the consequences of our actions? (See Hebrews 12:5–6, 10–13).

4. What is the Day of the Lord? Read Zephaniah 1:17–18 and 2 Peter 3:9–10 to help you answer this.

5. How does the Day of the Lord cause you to celebrate this Advent season? Meditate on Zephaniah 3:14–20. (Optional: If you have 4 minutes to spare, watch this video).