Celebrate Our Nation

Date: 11-1-2015 | Series: Celebrate | Preacher: Billy Van Camp

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1. How would you summarize Pastor Billy’s sermon to a friend? What one principle stood out most to you?

2. Read Lamentations 1 – Notice how the imagery of a widow, enslaved, comfortless, without dignity, taunted, exiled and
desolate, paints a picture that is as bad as it can be. Sin is cosmic treason and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Reflect on how you’ve viewed your sin in your own life. Is it serious or something minor?

Spend some time confessing to God the sins that have entangled your walk with Him.

3. Read Lamentations 2 – Notice how it is actually God who is bringing condemnation on the nation… How come? Doesn’t He love His chosen people?

Pray through verse 19 – this is the answer to our sin… Pouring it out to Him.

4. Read Lamentations 3 – this is the centerpiece of the book. It offers hope. ESV Study bible says, “Grief is important even for Christians, but with this proviso: we should not grieve as those without hope.” In the midst of grief, there is still hope in Christ.

What was your favorite verse?

5. Read Lamentations 4 – How will you pay for the sins that you have committed against God? If your answer isn’t Jesus then you will never have hope. Put your trust in Jesus and rely on Him to pay for all of your sin.

6. Read Lamentations 5 – reflect over Pastor Billy’s sermon. How can you pray differently the rest of the week?

7. Come and serve at our Fall Festival this Friday from 6-9pm at Horseshoe Park. Invite your neighbors. One little invite has the potential of changing someone’s eternal life.

Lamentations 5

[1] Remember, O LORD, what has befallen us; look, and see our disgrace! [2] Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to foreigners. [3] We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows. [4] We must pay for the water we drink; the wood we get must be bought. [5] Our pursuers are at our necks; we are weary; we are given no rest. [6] We have given the hand to Egypt, and to Assyria, to get bread enough. [7] Our fathers sinned, and are no more; and we bear their iniquities. [8] Slaves rule over us; there is none to deliver us from their hand. [9] We get our bread at the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the wilderness. [10] Our skin is hot as an oven with the burning heat of famine. [11] Women are raped in Zion, young women in the towns of Judah. [12] Princes are hung up by their hands; no respect is shown to the elders. [13] Young men are compelled to grind at the mill, and boys stagger under loads of wood. [14] The old men have left the city gate, the young men their music. [15] The joy of our hearts has ceased; our dancing has been turned to mourning. [16] The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned! [17] For this our heart has become sick, for these things our eyes have grown dim, [18] for Mount Zion which lies desolate; jackals prowl over it. [19] But you, O LORD, reign forever; your throne endures to all generations. [20] Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days? [21] Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old— [22] unless you have utterly rejected us, and you remain exceedingly angry with us.