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Preparing for Sunday - Lamentations

Carefully Think

  • Read the book of Lamenations, all 5 chapters.
  • Why is the book callend Lamentations?  What time frame was this book written?  What event is being described?
  • Who is the author ascribing this judgement and destruction to?  Why was this judgement being poured out?
  • What happens in 3:21ff?  Does this reconcile with the one who was the cause of all the destruction? 
  • What is the final plea in this book?  Why could this plea be given and can it be expected to be answered by the same one pouring out this judgement?  How?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • How does this book reflect God's character?  How do you typically see God's character?  Is it one sided or shallow?
  • What action of God is not good and just? Any? 
  • Why does God place this book in the Bible? What purpose can it have for us today?
  • How can we have hope like the author of this book in the midst of such atrocities and judgement that can be seen in our culture today?

Intentionally Act

  • Pray for God to open your eyes to see his fullness and greatness in all of his character.  Find ways to learn more about God's attributes and seek a deeper, more intimate knowledge of him.
  • Pray that through trials, persecution, and evils in the world, God's use of them in your life would make you mork like Christ in faith, obedience and love for those who seem to be at the source of your pain and suffering. 
  • Find ways to seek out those suffering and comfort them, not just in material ways, but spiritual, ultimately bringing hope with the Good News that God's wrath has been appeased for those who turn and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for those who will be leading our gathering this week: Dawson Bryant, music; Todd Arnold, Elders' prayer and Scripture reading; Bret Capranica, teaching.
  • Review and meditate on the lyrics of the songs we will sing this week. Listen to each of them so that you know them well enough to sing with understanding and zeal.

Songs for Sunday

Lyrics

Morning Gathering Lyrics - September 6, 2015