FIFTH SUNDAY IN TRINITY
July 16, 2017
SUB-THEME/4: DIVINE MEANS OF HEALING
TOPIC: Human Agents (v): Leaders/Priests Today.
TEXT: II Chron. 30:1 - 31:10.
i) Appreciate divine injunction to ministers of God to stand in the gap for nations;
ii) Stir up ministers to stand as divine watch men over Nigeria.
Hezekiah was a king who loved and feared Jehovah. He was grieved with his people’s departure from the worship of the true God. He stirred up all and sundry to arise and observe the Passover as stipulated in the Law of Moses. The priests and Levites responded and rallied around him and did what had long been left undone (II Chron. 30:5, 26). The results were enormous and diverse (II Chron. 31:1-10). This is confirmed by II Chron. 7:12-15.
1. List and discuss different types of healing needed in communities/nations and the possible roles of spiritual leaders to bring about..
2. Read II Chron. 30:1-31 and discuss
i. Leaders-who led the people, II Chron. 30:1-3?
ii. Highlight and discuss their efforts, 30:5-9, 13-20, 21-25.
iii. What results attended their efforts? 30:12, 20, 26; 31:1-10.
iv. What inspiration is there for the Church in Nigeria?
3. Read Nehemiah 8:1-13.
i. What was the nature of the healing, 8:9b, 12?
ii. Who were the divine agents, 8:9a?
iii. What did they do 8:5, 6, 8?
iv. What implications have these for the Church in Nigeria?
4. Why must leaders rise up to the challenge of the healing of the land, II Chron. 7:14; Mal 2:7; Exod. 17:10-13?
Every believer is a priest, but there are God’s appointed leaders among them. These then have double grace and double responsibilities. If they raise their voice together in prayer, much will be achieved for both the Church and the nation.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
They are leaders indeed who spearhead healings in their nations.