College family, you've made it through another tough week of classes and studies. Thank you for your endurance and being faithful to where God has called you as a student. Always remember you are never defined by a grade, or major, or career, or future salary, etc. We do our best, and let the Lord take care of the rest, can we say amen to that? Your best is not defined by the world, but by the unique way the Lord created you alone. So, press on!
Post-grad family, you've made it through another 40 hour work week, navigating the life of growing a godly livelihood and seeking next steps to where the Lord is leading you. Press on, and stand strong in the Lord!
It was brought to my attention that we've been doing some real heavy in-depth Bible studies recently, and a slight break is needed just to talk, reflect, and have more a casual night of sharing and praying. So let's do that! We'll look back on our time in 1 CORINTHIANS, or just talk about what the Lord is doing in your life, or look back to our Sunday messages in ISAIAH... for a lack of better terms, we'll have a TALK NIGHT :) Anything and everything on your heart and mind, I encourage you to share in a safe, non-critical/judgmental, and loving environment in Christ - our precious church.
Lord-willing, see you! Bless you my young adult brothers and sisters in the Lord!
Your Brother Chester
* Young Adult (College/Post-Grad)Life group
Life-Sharing What has God been teaching you through the visions of the book of ISAIAH? Pick one of the prior week’s central truth and explain how the LORD spoke into your life.
For God is With Us (ISAIAH 8:1-10) CENTRAL TRUTH: God is not slow in fulfilling His promised judgment. He acts in speed and in totality to turn us back to Him. Even evil itself is not spared to signal He truly is with us, for us, pruning us to be broken, shattered, and seeking the face of Jesus Christ once again.
I will Wait for the LORD (ISAIAH 8:11-22) CENTRAL TRUTH: Wait on the Lord when clear signs from the Lord become unclear. Waiting is neither inactive slothfulness nor proactive anxiousness. It is to call out the real object of your fear, to inquire the hidden face of God, to hunger after the teaching and testimony again.
For to Us A Child Is Born (ISAIAH 9:1-7) CENTRAL TRUTH: When all hope is lost, then begins real hope to be found. Thick darkness is no match for even thinnest light. The light shined forth as a child to show power in powerlessness, to assure promise kept over promise broken. Jesus Christ shining forth transforms it all.
His Anger Has Not Turned Away (ISAIAH 9:8-21) CENTRAL TRUTH: God’s anger will not turn away from continuous prideful arrogance. To the one who says, “I’ll build my own way” even after being shown God’s way, that way ends in scorching dryness. We’ll end up harming our own body – His church. God’s hands stretch against it.
By the Strength of His Hand (ISAIAH 10:1-19) CENTRAL TRUTH: Arrogance is like an axe that takes credit for what the worker produces with it. Can instruments boast above their skilled users? God uses the falsehood of arrogance to show us the strength of His hand, so that in all things, we might say, He has done it.
Lean on the LORD in Truth (ISAIAH 10:20-34) CENTRAL TRUTH: A day will come when we will no longer learn to lean on ourselves or another, but lean on the LORD in truth. By all means, God brings us to His shoulder to fear Him over the “what if’s” of life. Behold, the LORD God of armies clears the path! Follow Jesus today.
From His Roots Shall Bear Fruit (ISAIAH 11:1-9) CENTRAL TRUTH: When arrogance is cut down to a lifeless stump, an unmatured stem (shoot) of godly humility begins to grow. Jesus chose the stump over a majestic tree. Rooted here, we grow together in the Spirit, where once-enemies can now be family in Christ.
A Second Time (ISAIAH 11:10-16) CENTRAL TRUTH: In Jesus Christ, there is always a second time, a new beginning. This arrives by inquiring the Lord, who gathers His people in conflict towards correction, so that together they may walk across His highway that destroys the enemy of dispersion and division.
The LORD is My Strength and My Song (ISAIAH 12:1-6) CENTRAL TRUTH: There is day when there will be no more death nor sin, but only strength and song. What we say in that day will be, “give thanks.” What we behold in that day will be our salvation. What we do in that day will be to draw water for all to drink from the wells of Christ.
The Day of the LORD is Near (ISAIAH 13:1-10) CENTRAL TRUTH: People may have their day, but the LORD will have His soon. On that day, the burden of God’s heart will be seen, the sound of His multitudes will be heard, the agony of His wrath will be felt. Flee Babylon. Look at Jesus. Hear Him. Rejoice, for His day is near!
I will Punish the World for its Evil (ISAIAH 13:11-22) CENTRAL TRUTH: On that awesome day of the LORD, all evil will be punished by even greater evilness. Through this civil war of evil against evil, God’s righteous wrath will be stirred up. The heavens will tremble. The earth will shake. But the veil was torn! Trust in Jesus alone!
The LORD will have Compassion Again (ISAIAH 14:1-15) CENTRAL TRUTH: Judgment upon a fallen world ensures compassion upon God’s humbled people. Compassion still chooses the same, still restores it all, still gives rest unending. On that Day, compassion will fall from heaven, humbling us to highest joy – Jesus Christ!
As I Have Planned, So Shall It Be (ISAIAH 14:16-32) CENTRAL TRUTH: God is sovereignly in control of your past, present, future, according to His good and holy purpose. Stare and ponder at this over all troubles. Trust in His sworn word that it is done. Our plans will end up broken, so lean on the refuge in His plan – Jesus Christ!
Undone in a Night (ISAIAH 15:1-9) CENTRAL TRUTH: If we continue to trust in the lust of our flesh, what is right in our own eyes, the pride of what we have, everything can be undone in a night. These high places cannot save us, and even more emptiness will remain. Today, collapse on Jesus! Obey Him! Ascend to Him!
How has your walk with the Lord grown since the last time we gathered? What areas of your spiritual health have been nourished? What areas are still in need of growth that we can treat together with the Word and Spirit?
What hardships, difficulties, trials, and/or unanswered prayers are you going through that we can all carry together as one body in Christ? “
In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world,” says Jesus (JOHN 16:33). How can we take heart today and overcome?
Life-Praying What requests of prayer are still left unanswered, where God has said “no” or “wait”? What requests of prayer have been answered by God in the last month? Read the following Scriptures about prayer, and close by praying for one another!
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18)
… do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7)