Teach: The Transforming Power of God’s Book (click on the link here for guide)
I. God’s Book grants us discernment into how He works (Isaiah 29:1-8)
The Holy Spirit uses His Word to show us how God has worked in the past. The first eight verses of this passage show us two things: God humbles his proud people (vv.1-4). Secondly, He powerfully and suddenly delivers the humbled (vv.5-8).
How should knowing this change us? God’s Spirit uses His Word to transform proud hearts into humble hearts.
II. God’s Book summons us to accept and not deny His diagnosis of us (vv.9-16).
He knows our hypocrisy (vv.9-13) and sees our rebellious ways that we try to hide (vv.14-16).
How should knowing this change us? God’s Spirit uses His Word to transform hypocritical hearts into hungry hearts.
III. God’s Book instills hope as we anticipate the coming transformation (vv.17-24).
God promises to renew the entire world (vv.17-21). He also promises that His city will be holy (vv. 22-24).
How should knowing this about the future change us now? God’s Spirit uses His Word to transform complaining, despairing hearts into hopeful, steady hearts. See especially verse 24.