20th October - Haggai 1

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20 October, 2019Peter JamesDigIn

A Call to Build the House of the Lord

Here’s what happens…….

The temple of the Lord sat unfinished for 16 years. Meanwhile, God’s people moved on to building their own homes. The prophet Haggai stepped onto the scene and rebuked the people for their misplaced priorities. Haggai had one task….carried out in a three-and-a-half month mission…to encourage God’s people to work at rebuilding God’s Temple. He urged them to Put God First in their lives, in repairing the building where they worshipped, to the glory of God. 

Talk about…………….

  • What got in the way of God’s people and stopped them rebuilding the Temple?
  • Have we ever treated God the way the Israelites did? What gets in the way of our putting God first in our lives?
  • What was the purpose of rebuilding the Temple (see Haggai 1:8)? – Could this help us as we bring our offerings to God? How?
  • How were the people encouraged to continue with the rebuild (See Haggai 1:13 and 2:7,9)?
  • What words of encouragement from God help us as we seek to put him first in our lives?
  • What special blessings from God have you experienced – in the past or recently?
  • How can we participate in the “rebuilding” of Emmanuel?
  • As we think about Stewardship, what can we learn from this story?


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• If you like, add real or fake flowers or plants to make it feel like a garden.

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• Jesus also took his friends with him to the garden; consider getting together in your prayer spot with others to pray.

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