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Date: February 18, 2024

Text: Malachi 2:17 - 3:5

1. What particularly stood out to you from this sermon? Was anything significantly encouraging or challenging?
2. In the sermon, there were four types of evil described in the World: Natural Evil, Moral Evil, Supernatural Evil, and Eternal Evil. Which one of these troubles you the most on a regular basis? Explain.
3. What are some examples of how God responds to evil in the Bible? (If slow to answer, here is a Hint: For a few examples, think of a great judgment and a seeming great evil that brought a great triumph:) 
4. How does God use evil in the refining of his people? How did he do it in the Old Testament? How did he do it in the New Testament? What are some examples of how he uses evil today (think of the 4 types of evil)?
5. Read Malachi 3:5. Why is it unwise to pass by verse five as if "he is not talking to me"? What is wise in addressing this personally? How might that help us engage the God of justice rightly? What must we always bring to the judgment throne? How might that truth make us more humble and holy?
Bonus Prayer Exercise: As a group, state one upward prayer (a praise regarding who God is), one inward prayer (one thing we can repent of and thank God for) and an outward prayer (one prayer for someone out in the world or in the church).

Date: February 25, 2024

Text: 1 Kings 1:1-14

1. What particularly stood out to you from this sermon? Was anything significantly encouraging or challenging?                  
2. Imagine you are a God-fearing Jew living in Jerusalem after Solomon’s death. How would this story impact you? What could you learn from it?
3. God’s faithfulness to the covenant is highlighted in his patient response to Solomon. Have you ever seen God’s faithful patience in your life?
4. Why do you think it is so easy for us to believe sin’s lies and flirt with temptation?
5. Even after we trust in Jesus for salvation, temptation remains. What are some ways that we can put our sin to death without trusting ourselves to be better?