Week 2 | Sept 22
We Won’t be the Same | Realigning our priorities
Value: Healthy Community
The Main Point: Returning from exile, we won’t be the same people, and that’s OK! But who are we becoming? What are our priorities?
The Bible: Haggai 2: 5-9
Haggai challenges returned exiles to remain faithful and rebuild the temple.
The recently returned exiles face hardship in their rebuilding efforts and struggle to remain faithful after so much loss and disappointment. Haggai assures the people that their efforts and faithfulness will be blessed. God will one day build a new Jerusalem and live amidst his people.
Haggai 2:5-9 reminds the people that it is always God who has been in control, and to live as followers of him in healthy community we must remain in his Spirit and trust him to do what only he can do. Haggai encourages the reader that this starts out of a place of repentance and faithfulness. From this, God’s kingdom will come.
As you prepare your core of the message using story and questions keep in mind these points:
- What priorities have shifted through Covid?
- What may be some of the things we have to repent of, and trust God for again?
- How do we live as we are filled with the Holy Spirit? (“The future glory of this Temple will be greater”) We are God’s temple.
- What does a healthy community look like in regards to Haggai’s challenge?
As you think of a call to action or challenge for your listeners, keep in mind these points:
- Realigning priorities is a deliberate action. Therefore we have to take steps. What would that look like?
- Who are you becoming?
- Do you trust God that he will bring to fruition all he has promised?