September 24, 2017 - The Path of Spiritual Renewal
The Pathway to Spiritual Renewal (2Chronicles 29-30) Covenant Keeping: It’s a Heart Issue (29:1-2, 10) ✦ At the center of what 2Kings, 2Chronicles, and Isaiah say regarding Hezekiah was his trust in God and his heart for God. ✦ Hezekiah, like his ancestral father David, was a man after God’s own heart (cf. 1Sam. 13:14). Consecrating the Temple: Cleaning and Restoring (29:3-19) ✦ _______________ the doors to the temple (29:3). ✦ _______________ uncleanness from the Holy Place (29:4-5, 15-17). ✦ _______________ neglected worship practices (29:6-11, 18-19). Celebrating God’s Work: Worshipping our Good God (29:20-36) Convincing Others to be Restored to the Lord: Circulating the Good News (30:1-27) ✦ _____________ others to participate in what God is doing (30:5-6). ✦ _____________ to others to repent and return to the Lord (30:7-9). ✦ _____________ that some will reject what is spoken, while others will respond positively (3:10-12). ✦ _____________ that God’s work takes time to develop into full obedience (30:13-20). ✦ More celebration, more joy, more giving thanks results in more glory for God (30:21-27). Questions for Your Consideration 1. Have you entered into a covenant relationship with God through faith in Christ? Do you have a heart’s desire to fulfill your part of that covenant relationship? 2. Are there sinful attitudes or activities which have slowly caused your commitment to a covenant relationship with God to diminish or disappear? Are you willing to remove such things from your life to honor God? 3. What steps must you take to restore the necessary practices of righteousness in your life to renew your covenant relationship with God? 4. What priority does worshipping the right God the right way have in your life? 5. Are you involved in circulating the good news of Christ to others? In what ways? 6. Have you been discouraged by the negative responses of people you have tried to encourage towards godliness? Have you let their rejection or scorn keep you from sharing the good news of God’s work in your life? 7. Do you rejoice greatly when you see others brought to true spiritual renewal?