As Christians we must keep a proper focus on Scripture as we try to navigate this consistently shallow, entertainment-oriented, pleasure-happy, distraction-filled culture that will lead us to spiritual famines. The reality of the Living Water within, Jesus, should lead us to drink deeply the written Word without…leaving us more than satisfied in who God is and what He has said.
Open: Describe a time you were extremely thirsty or hungry: How did you respond?
Read: Amos 1:1-2; 8:1-12; John 7
1. Describe the situation in the prophecy of Amos: In what ways was it “the best of times and the worst of times?” Describe the situation spiritually: In what ways were they experiencing a spiritual famine of the Word of God? How does this correlate to our time in culture?
2. Why do you believe Biblical illiteracy is rising in our day? When it comes to Biblical engagement, which statistics shock you the most? How have you seen cultural resistance to the Word of God growing in our day? Why do you believe this is happening? How is a world of instant information and fake news causing people to be more skeptical of truth?
3. In what ways does Biblical engagement bring satisfaction to its readers? Personally, how often do you engage the Bible? Do you believe this is bringing spiritual satisfaction to your soul? Why or why not?
4. How does the Scripture point us to Jesus, the ultimate satisfaction? How does Jesus reengage the Feast of Booths in John 7? How does spiritual famine perpetuate itself in the hearts of people? How does Jesus awaken our need for satisfaction?
Pray: Pray for a renewed hunger for satisfaction through the Scriptures.
Memorize/Meditate: On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” John 7:37-38