Sunday 2nd June - Zephaniah 3:9-20

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2 June, 2019Fa Mantangi

God Delights in His People -


Here’s what happens…

The prophet Zephaniah brings a message of God’s Justice and Hope for the Israelites (specifically the Southern Kingdom) during the time of Josiah’s reign (see 2 Kings 22-23). Chapter 1 announces the coming day of wrath and gloom; Chapter 2 contains an urgent call to repentance; and Chapter 3 looks beyond judgement to the time of restoration. This message is still relevant for us today as we are called to repent and put our hope God for the future. 


  • What qualities of God does Zephaniah hold up as a standard for the people? How well have they modelled these qualities and held to this standard?
  • What will be the cause for the people’s rejoicing?
  • Which of God's actions do you believe would make the people most glad?
  • What does this passage tell us about God? Discipleship?
  • What do you think this passage saying to you in your current circumstances? What are you going to do about it?


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Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Here’s what happens…

The disciples were obeying Jesus’ instructions and were staying in Jerusalem. It had been 10 days since Jesus had ascended (went back up) to heaven, and on this day Jews that had travelled from many different countries were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost, the harvest festival. This special feast was a time when God’s people brought gifts as offerings to God (see Leviticus 23:15-21). While the disciples were together, a sound like a violent blowing wind, came and filled the house, and what looked like tongues of fire, rested above their heads. The people were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages which amazed everyone. Peter addressed the bewildered crowd, explaining that the coming of the Holy Spirit had been prophesied by Joel, and was the fulfilment of Jesus words too.

- If you had been with the believers on this day, what do you think you would have seen, heard and felt? Do you think your reaction would have been more like that of the people in verse 12 or verse 13?

- What happened to the believers on the Day of Pentecost? And everyone else?

- What do you think is the point that Peter wants the people to understand about the current events (verse 13, 17 & 18)?

- What response is Peter urging the new believers to take (verse 38)? Have you made that response before? Would you like to make it today?

- Have you ever experienced an empowering from the Lord to witness about Christ? Explain what it was like.

- What do you think this passage saying to you in your current circumstances? What are you going to do about it?

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