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Small Group Guide June 28, 2020 - July 5, 2020

How to use this guide:

We want you to have an easy tool to use to reflect on this week's message with others. We've written this to be used within 30 - 45 minutes.

1. Establish a time and place to meet. (We recommend Zoom or Google Meet or even a Facebook Group)

2. Ensure everyone in your group has the right link.

3. Meet and discuss online. (We recommend that the "host" of the meeting share this guide on their screen to keep everyone on the same page.)

Make sure everyone has watched the sermon before the discussion. You can check out www.fbg.church for our Live Stream and Archived viewing options.

Read the following passage as you get started:

Nahum 1

Nahum 1 “The pronouncement concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is fierce in wrath. The Lord takes vengeance against his foes; he is furious with his enemies. 3 The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will never leave the guilty unpunished. His path is in the whirlwind and storm, and clouds are the dust beneath his feet. 4 He rebukes the sea and dries it up, and he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither; even the flower of Lebanon withers. 5 The mountains quake before him, and the hills melt; the earth trembles at his presence— the world and all who live in it. 6 Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his burning anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; even rocks are shattered before him. 7 The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of distress; he cares for those who take refuge in him. 8 But he will completely destroy Nineveh with an overwhelming flood, and he will chase his enemies into darkness. 9 Whatever you plot against the Lord, he will bring it to complete destruction; oppression will not rise up a second time. 10 For they will be consumed like entangled thorns, like the drink of a drunkard and like straw that is fully dry. 11 One has gone out from you, who plots evil against the Lord, and is a wicked counselor. 12 This is what the Lord says: Though they are strong[h] and numerous, they will still be mowed down, and he will pass away. Though I have punished you, I will punish you no longer. 13 For I will now break off his yoke from youand tear off your shackles. 14 The Lord has issued an order concerning you: There will be no offspring to carry on your name. I will eliminate the carved idol and cast image from the house of your gods; I will prepare your grave, for you are contemptible. 15 Look to the mountains— the feet of the herald, who proclaims peace. Celebrate your festivals, Judah; fulfill your vows. For the wicked one will never again march through you; he will be entirely wiped out.”

Question Number One:

In verse 2 Nahum describes the Lord as jealous. Talk about why the Lord is right in being jealous for His holiness.

Question Number Two:

Nahum clearly lays out the cost of sin, which is God’s wrath. Why do we tend to skip over God’s wrath? How does understanding God’s wrath maximize the value of the gospel?

Question Number Three:

Kevin talked about the journey of Nineveh that one generation experienced God’s mercy in responding to Jonah’s call to repent and another generation experienced God’s wrath in Nahum. The outcome could have been very different if the early generation had passed on their experience with the mercy of the Lord. What is your role in passing on a proper perspective of the Lord’s mercy and holiness to the next generations? How do you do this as parents? Grandparents? Leaders in the church? As a Home Group?

Question Number Four:

Look at Romans 10:12-13. We can have great confidence the Lord hears and responds to us when we cry out to Him. Have a couple people share their story of experiencing God’s mercy when they cried out to Him.

Question Number Five:

Kevin brought up that we will experience God’s power by wrath or by mercy. The same is true for everybody else. How does this reality impact the way you share about Jesus with other people? He also talked about crying out for ourselves, our community and the nation. Talk about some people in your life that you believe would experience the wrath of God at this moment. Spend time praying for these people by name.

Question Number Six:

We were given a challenge to spend the summer reading in the Old Testament. Talk about this as a group and come up with a plan to read Old Testament Scripture. Take some Home Group time in the future to talk about what the Lord is showing you through the Old Testament.

Pray

We want you and your group to spend intentional time praying together. Here are some areas you can pray through together this week:

Praise the Lord for providing a way of mercy through Jesus Christ.

Agree with Him about your sin and run to Him as a refuge.

Pray for our communities with the spreading of Covid-19 and ask the Lord to show you how to engage others with the gospel during this crisis.

Family Discipleship

We want to help our families take their next step of faith together. Take some time to discuss these questions as a family.

Talk about the first time you thought about God being merciful. Is His mercy something that you think about often?

As a family, how quick are you at acknowledging sin? Is this something you can grow in? What are some next steps you think you can take?

If your family were to read the Old Testament together, where would you start? What would it look like to read a little every day together?