Scripture

Joel 1:1-4 (NIV)

The word of the Lord that came to Joel son of Pethuel.
An Invasion of Locusts
2 Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land.
Has anything like this ever happened in your days
or in the days of your ancestors?
3 Tell it to your children,
and let your children tell it to their children,
and their children to the next generation.
4 What the locust swarm has left
the great locusts have eaten;
what the great locusts have left
the young locusts have eaten;
what the young locusts have left
other locusts have eaten.

 

Joel 2:28-29 (NIV)

28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

 

Acts 1:8 (NIV)

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Questions

The Apostle Peter quoted Joel 2 after Pentecost had happened (Acts 2:17).
What do we learn from Joel 2 and the book of Acts of how the falling of the Holy Spirit impacted the disciples? In what way does the Holy Spirit influence your life?

 

Pastor Mike spoke about how sins are much like locusts; they start small but
grow to do much damage. What are some of the sins that at first can seem
harmless but in time can be deeply destructive?

 

What are some of the signs of true repentence?
Name/share a time in your life when you experienced this kind
of change of mind and heart.

Practical Application

“We are the church when we gather and we are the church when
we scatter. Being the church isn’t a part time gig. It’s not 60 minutes
on a Sunday. There’s no such thing as a part time follower of Jesus.
No matter who pays your salary, you’re a full time employee of the Kingdom of God. You are a taste of the Kingdom of God within your sphere of influence. You are God’s witnesses, His followers, His church. Everywhere you set foot is Kingdom ground!”
(Pastor Mike)

 

Why not take a few moments at the beginning of each day this week to offer yourself to be used by the Lord. Invite the Holy Spirit to fill and equip you for
every good work God has for you this week. (Ephesians 2:10).

Discussion

When we hear the word “church” we are often drawn to think of an event
that happens once a week; a place where we gather to
sing songs, listen to a message, and connect with friends. As we read the
Bible however, we are reminded of how God’s vision of the church is
much bigger and better.

 

Join Pastor Mike and Will as they discuss what it really means to be the church.

Go Further

Rethinking Church – Video Teaching by Francis Chan
Joel: An Overview – Video by the Bible Project
Build Your Kingdom Here – Song by Rend Collective