1. Describe the dualistic worldview the ancient near east nations believed about their pagan gods? Can you relate to the Israelites in the way they were tempted to apply this worldview to their God? How? Share with your group.
  2. The same issues that are affecting the Israelites 2500 years ago, and is compelling Isaiah to write this book, is exactly the same heart issues we are believers face today. The story of the Israelites points to the common brokenness we share and our desperate need for a savior. Share the areas in which the Israelites failed, and what specifically Christ did to redeem it. What purpose did that redemption ultimately serve? How?
  3. God's love and mercy toward the Israelites wasn't dependent on their faithfulness. For over a thousand years they repeatedly turned away from God. Yet, God still extended his mercy and love to them. God's words of love and acts of mercy is based on "whose they are" and according to the promise of His word. The Israelites essentially failed to see that God's love and mercy for them is the means to his glorious end. How did this affect their faith and how they lived out God's intended response for them? Share how this resonates with you?
  4. One hot coal alone will quickly die out. But a bunch of coals put together will ignite a fire. Personal godliness matters and personal salvation matters, but what is God's ultimate purpose in us having a personal relationship with Christ? Talk with your group what social issues your Bridge Group care about? E.g. homelessness, education equality, racism, etc. Discuss practical ways your BG can get involved with ministries at Bridge our community-based organizations in and around City Heights.