WAKING THE DEAD - Part 1/3

Community Group Conversation Starters
WAKING THE DEAD – Part 1/3
Pastor Clark Frailey

October 15, 2017

BIG IDEA: Life is too good not to live.

SCRIPTURE: Ezekiel 37:1-10, Mark 9:14-23

BACKGROUND:  Ezekiel 37 begins by simply revealing the apocalyptic vision that concludes Ezekiel's message on Israel's future restoration. Apocalyptic literature is not familiar to most people. This type of literature is symbolic visionary-prophetic, consisting of visions recorded exactly as they are seen by the author and explained through a divine interpreter.

The theological content is primarily eschatological, normally being composed during times of oppression. Apocalyptic literature has a simple twofold form: the setting of the vision, in which the recipient and the geographical location are identified, and the vision per se, with its divine interpretation. (Expositor's Bible Commentary (Abridged Edition): Old Testament Copyright 2004.)

On Sunday Pastor Clark likened the idea of God's people in utter, desolate hopelessness to how we too can feel dead and lifeless without hope in our struggles. Taking a page from Ezekiel's interaction with God we too can understand that our God is capable of anything. Read the story of Jesus and the father in Mark 9:14-23 for another angle on how trusting God is key to being filled with hope beyond the temporary stress of today.


CONVERSATION STARTERS:

1) ICE BREAKER:  Name of one bone in your body that you know the name of. You can't name the bone someone else has named. 

2) Why do you think Ezekiel answered as he did in verse 3?

3) What is the message of the vision of dry bones for Israel? What might the application be to our current day stress and struggles?

3) Why do you think God revealed this message through this visual means? Why not just tell Ezekiel about it?

4) What about your life--has God ever come through for you when it looked like things were hopeless?

5) How do we hang on to hope when the situation of our lives is like the valley of dry bones--hopeless?

APPLICATION: Is there anything you are facing - a difficult situation in your life right now that we could pray for you about? How can we do what Pastor Clark suggested at the end of the teaching and remind one another regularly that life is too good NOT to live?