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Bible Study: The Way of Holiness - Advent 3 Old Testament

Text: Isaiah 35:1-10 for the Third Sunday in Advent, Lectionary Series A Old Testament reading
Participants will learn how to evaluate their walk with Christ as they reflect on His Advent.
Group Guidelines
 Move into groups of 6-8 people. Use the NIV Bible translation, if possible. The person with the wildest hair in each group will be its facilitator/leader. The leader functions as timekeeper (2-3 minutes for sharing), encourages participation from everyone in the group and keeps the group moving through the Bible study.
Building Community
 Introduce yourself by telling who you are. Then tell about your most treasured memory of the happiest moment in your life.
Looking at God's Word
  1.  Read Isaiah 35:1-10 with each person taking a verse or two. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate word:
    vs. 1 Desert and the parched land will be ______________________________________________
    vs. 2 Wilderness will _______________________________ and __________________________
    Crocus will ____________________________ into _______________________________________
    It will ________________________________ greatly and ___________________________for joy.
  2. Describe one of the most beautiful places you've ever seen so others can imagine it. What gives it its beauty?
    What colors do you see?
    What sounds do you hear?
    Who's there (if anyone)?
    What thoughts do you have while you are here?
  3. Take a moment in your group to think about Christ's coming. Circle the pair of words you feel best describes it. Explain your choice.
    beginning/end         joy/sorrow         a friend/an enemy         sunrise/sunset
  4. Read vs. 3-4 again. These verses describe someone with a weak faith, those who are hopeless and despairing.
    What is the author asking God to do?
    Why? (vs. 4)
  5. Read vs. 5-6a again. Compare with Matthew 11:5.
    What prophecy has been fulfilled?
    Who has done this?
  6. (See the PDF for more questions in this section.)
Reinforcing What Has Been Learned
 Reflecting on this entire Bible study and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, what should our goal as Christians be as we await Christ's coming?
 Close with the Lord's prayer, starting with a whisper and getting louder and louder as you go through the prayer, until you end with a great "Amen!"
Originally published in Discovery Bible Studies V, studies on the Gospel readings for lectionary series A, in 1992.
 Republished and revised in November 2013 for thESource.

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