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SCRIPTURE FOCUS
Isaiah 47:10-15

ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS
How do you guard against putting your confidence in anything or anyone other than the Lord?

How can you encourage others to seek God, rather than to look to other sources for help?

What actions will help you as you wait on the Lord’s time?

KEY VERSE
Isaiah 47:15

LESSON NUGGET
So many people who are involved in wickedness foolishly think that no one sees. They really think they are getting away with something. When Moses killed the Egyptian, he looked right and left and didn’t see anyone, so he killed the man, thinking no one would know (Exodus 2:12). But he didn’t look up. God saw, and He always does. These Babylonians thought, “no one sees.” But they were fooled by their own arrogance.
  
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SCRIPTURE FOCUS
Isaiah 49:1-13

ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS
How do you keep your eyes on the big picture of God’s plan during times of disappointment?

How can you participate in extending to the world the invitation to experience God’s blessing?

What encourages you to trust in God when you feel you lack what you need?

Bonus Question
Identify one way to be a better servant of the servant (the Messiah).


KEY VERSE
Isaiah 49:8

LESSON NUGGET
Jesus Christ is God’s Servant and weapon to conquer the enemy (Isaiah 49:1-2) (Hebrews 4:12) (Revelation 1:16) (Revelation 19:15) and to bring salvation to the nations. He is God’s Israel (Isaiah 49:3), accomplishing what the nation failed to accomplish, namely, bringing God’s salvation to the Gentiles.

He is the light (Isaiah 49:6) to guide the Gentiles to God (Luke 1:79) (Acts 13:47); and He is the covenant of God (Isaiah 49:8), fulfilling all the promises God made to the fathers (Isaiah 42:6) (Romans 15:8-13) (2 Corinthians 1:20). The nation’s return to the land was a picture of their final return when Messiah comes (Isaiah 49:8-13).
   
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SCRIPTURE FOCUS
Isaiah 49:18-23

ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS
How would you encourage someone who is going through a time of spiritual darkness or drought?

How might Isaiah 49:20 encourage a church that appears to be declining?

What do we gain by learning to wait on God?

Bonus Question:
How should a believer handle discouragement?

KEY VERSES
Isaiah 49:23

LESSON NUGGET
The Lord assures His people of His love by comparing Himself to a compassionate mother. The Bible emphasizes the fatherhood of God, but God’s nature also has a “motherhood” side that we must not forget. God is compassionate, and He comforts us as a mother comforts her children (Isaiah 66:13). Isaiah pictures Israel as a nursing child, totally dependent on the Lord, who will never forget them or forsake them.

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SCRIPTURE FOCUS
Isaiah 51:1-8

ICEBREAKER QUESTIONS
What circumstances distract or discourage you from seeking righteousness or the Lord faithfully?

How do you manage feelings of fear when you feel threatened or unsafe?

Bonus Question
When you think of deliverance what comes to mind?

KEY VERSE
Isaiah 51:1

LESSON NUGGET
God is here contrasting the temporary nature of creation to the eternal nature of His salvation. The earth will one day be destroyed. It is getting older and winding down. The law of entropy is acting on creation, as it gradually erodes and decays. (Of course, the law of entropy is acting on us even faster, as we erode and decay.). But God’s salvation, that’s forever.

If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you’ll never really die. You’ll just move into the presence of God to live with Him forever. This encouragement from God is that we put more value on the eternal than on the temporal. The stuff down here is all going to burn; but eternity is something that we will enjoy forever.
  
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1/8/22: Injustice and Hope - Genesis 21:8-20
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1/15/22: Justice and Fairness - Exodus 23:1-12
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1/22/22: Justice, Judges, and Priests - Deuteronomy 16:18-21; 17:8-13
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1/29/22: Justice and the Marginalized - Deuteronomy 24:10-21
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2/5/22: Nathan Condemns David - 2 Samuel 12:1-9,13-15
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2/12/22: Ezra and the Law - Ezra 7:1-10, 23-26
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2/19/22: Bildad Misspeaks God's Justice - Job 8:1-10, 20-22
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2/26/22: Job and the Just God - Job 42:1-6; 10-17
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3/5/22: Freed from Captivity - Ezra 1:1-8, 11; 2:64-70
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3/12/22: Free to Worship - Ezra 6:1-12
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3/19/22: Free to Celebrate - Ezra 6:13-22
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3/26/22: Free Because of the Lord - Deuteronomy 8:1-11
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4/2/22: Triumphal Entry of the King - Matthew 21:1-11
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4/9/22: Passover with the King - Matthew 26:17-30
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4/16/22: Resurrection of the King - Matthew 28:1-10
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4/23/22: Freedom in the King - John 8:31-38
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4/30/22: Freedom from Sin - Romans 6:1-14
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5/7/22: Freedom for the Future - Romans 8:18-30
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5/14/22: Freedom and the Law - Galatians 3:18-29
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5/21/22: Freedom, Love, and Faith - Galatians 5:1-15
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5/28/22: The Fruit of Freedom - Galatians 5:16-26
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6/4/22: God Foretells Destruction - Isaiah 47:10-15
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6/11/22: God Foretells Redemption - Isaiah 49:1-13
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6/18/22: God's People Shall Prosper - Isaiah 49:18-23
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6/25/22: God Offers Deliverance - Isaiah 51:1-8
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1/2/21: Called to Proclaim - Luke 4:14-22a
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1/9/21: Called to Follow - Luke 5:1-11
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1/16/21: Called in Authority - Mark 2:1-12
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1/23/21: Called for the World's Belief - John 17:14-24
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1/30/21: Called to Prophesy - Luke 2:36-38; Acts 2:16-21; Acts 21:8-9
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2/6/21: Called to Testify - John 4:25-42
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2/13/21: Called to Support - Luke 8:1-3; Mark 15:40; John 20:10-18
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2/20/21: Called to Explain - Acts 18:1-3, 18-21, 24-26; Romans 16:3-4
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2/27/21: Called to Serve - Acts 16:11-15, 40; 1 Corinthians 1:26-30
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3/6/21: Prophet of Deliverance - Deuteronomy 18:15-22
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3/13/21: Prophet of Conquest - Joshua 5:13-15; 6:1-5, 15-16, 20
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3/20/21: Prophet of Wisdom - 2 Kings 22:14-20
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3/27/21: Prophet of Courage - 1 Kings 18:5-18
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4/3/21: The Suffering Servant - Isaiah 53:4-11a
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4/10/21: The Faith-In-Action Preacher - Ezra 10:1-12
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4/17/21: The Restoring Builder - Nehemiah 2:11-20
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4/24/21: The Nation's Plea - Lamentations 5:1-22
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5/1/21: Speaking Truth to Power - 1 Kings 22:14-23; 26-28
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5/8/21: Offering Hope for the Future - Isaiah 29:13-24
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5/15/21: Preaching Doom - Jeremiah 38:14-23
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5/22/21: Preaching to the Exiles - Ezekiel 18:1-9, 30-32
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5/29/21: Preaching to Enemies - Jonah 3:1-10
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6/5/21: Freed from Worry - Matthew 6:25-34
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6/12/21: Delivered from Fear - Matthew 8:23-27
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6/19/21: Healed by Faith - Matthew 9:18-26
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6/26/21: Rescued from Doubt - Matthew 14:22-33
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7/3/21: Attitude of Gratitude - Leviticus 13:45-46; Luke 17:11-19
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7/10/21: Power of the Gospel - Romans 1:8-17
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7/17/21: Faith of Abraham - Romans 4:1-12
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7/24/21: Peace with God - Romans 5:1-11
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7/31/21: Salvation Available for All - Romans 10:5-17
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8/7/21: A Necessary Faith - Hebrews 11:1-8, 13-16
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8/14/21: A Patient, Persevering Faith - Hebrews 10:23-36
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8/21/21: A Conquering Faith - 1 John 4:2-3, 13-17; 5:4-5
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8/28/21: An Eternal Hope - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 5:1-10
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9/4/21: Praise with Music - Exodus 15:11-21
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9/11/21: Praise in Dance - 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 14-19
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9/18/21: Praise by Expecting and Following - Mark 10:46-52
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9/25/21: Praise for Salvation - Acts 2:32-33, 37-47
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10/2/21: Praise God with Joy - Psalm 100:1-5
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10/9/21: Praise for God's Ultimate Justice - Psalm 9:1-12
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10/16/21: Praise God for Past Deliverance - Psalm 107:1-9, 39-43
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10/23/21: Praise God for His Presence - Psalm 84:1-12
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10/30/21: Praise God for His Greatness - Psalm 149:1-5; Psalm 150:1-6
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11/6/21: United in Praise - Revelation 7:9-17
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11/13/21: God of Power - Revelation 11:15-19
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11/20/21: Marriage of the Lamb - Revelation 19:1-8
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11/27/21: Good News for All - Acts 10:34-47
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12/4/21: Justice and Obedience - Deuteronomy 5:1b-3; 10:12-13; 27:1-10
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12/11/21: Justice and Kindness - 2 Samuel 9:1-7, 9-12
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12/18/21: Justice and Righteousness - Isaiah 9:2-7
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12/25/21: Merry Christmas

4/4/20: A Word of Faith - Matthew 11:12-26 KJV
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4/11/20: Do You Hear Me? - Romans 10:5-17 KJV
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4/18/20: The Prayer of Faith - 1 Samuel 1:9-20 KJV
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4/25/20: Speak the Word Only - Matthew 8:5-13 KJV
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5/2/20: Prophesying Restoration - Zephaniah 3:14-20 KJV
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5/9/20: Promising Peace - Zechariah 8:1-8; 11-17 KJV
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5/16/20: Practice Justice - Jeremiah 21:8-14
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5/23/20: Repent of Injustice - Jeremiah 22:1-10
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5/30/20: Pursue Love & Justice - Hosea 11:1-2, 7-10; 12:1-2, 6-14
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6/6/20: Listen to God's Wisdom - Proverbs 1:1-4, 7, 8, 10, 20-22, 32, 33
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6/13/20: Value Wisdom - Proverbs 2:1-11
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6/20/20: Receive Wisdom's Gifts - Proverbs 8:8-14, 17-21
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6/27/20: Feast with Wisdom - Proverbs 9:1-6, 8-10, 13-18
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7/3/20: Vindicating Wisdom - Matthew 11:7-19
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7/11/20: The Boy Jesus - Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7b; Luke 2:39-52
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7/18/20: The Wisdom of Jesus - Mark 6:1-6
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7/25/20: Wisdom to Follow - John 14:1-14
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8/1/20: Faith and Wisdom - James 1:1-11
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8/8/20: Hearing and Doing - James 1:19-27
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8/15/20: Living Faith - James 2:14-26
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8/22/20: Taming the Tongue - James 3:1-12
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8/29/20: Two Kinds of Wisdom - James 3:13-18
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9/5/20: Biased Love - Genesis 37:2-11. 23-24a, 28
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9/12/20: Obedient Love - Genesis 41:25-33, 37-40, 50-52
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9/19/20: Victorious Love - Genesis 42:6-25
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9/26/20: Revealed Love - Genesis 45:1-8, 10-15
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10/3/20: Love that Intercedes - 1 Samuel 19:1-7
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10/10/20: Love Your Enemies - Luke 6:27-36
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10/17/20: Love for Neighbors - Luke 10:25-37
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10/24/20: Love Never Fails - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
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10/31/20: Serving Love - John 13:1-15, 34-35
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11/7/20: Abiding Love - John 15:4-17
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11/14/20: Confident Love - 1 John 3:11-24
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11/21/20: Responsive Love - Acts 4:32-37; Acts 5:1-11
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11/28/20: Impartial Love - James 2:1-13
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12/5/20: Called to Be Heir - Matthew 1:1-6, 16-17; Hebrews 1:1-5
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12/12/20: Called to Be Emmanuel - Matthew 1:18-25
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12/19/20: Called to Worship - Matthew 2:1-2, 7-15
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12/26/20: Called to Prepare - Matthew 3:1-12
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