5) What are three things God's people are told to seek in in 2:1-3?
7) Write down the words here that convey a sense of urgency about God's commands?
Summary and Application
8 Do find any similarity between the kinds of sins among God's people in 1:4-6 and in your church locally?
What makes you think this?
9 If there are such sins, do you believe God's judgment would be the same as for them (1:7-13)? Why or why not?
10 Describe your desire to know God more.
What sin do you need to forsake?
B.Willingly Gathering (Zephaniah 2:4-3:13)
1) How will God's judgment upon the nations affect His own people (2:7,9)? Write the key verses down.
2) List the nations mentioned. What judgments has God given to them (2:4-15).
3) Who is God addressing in chapter 3:1-13? How do you know? Read carefully .
4) What is God's overall purpose for judging His people (3:9)?
5) Review the judgments for the godless nations (2:4-2:15)? Is there any hope for them?
6 Many people today do not think that the judgment between Christians and non-believers will be that great. How does this section help dispel this idea? What do you believe about the lostness of those who have not heard of Christ?
C) Gladly Gathering (Zephaniah 3:14-20)
Being Motivated to Do His Work .
1) Explain the different usages and contexts of the word 'gather'
2) Write down the two verses where it says that God is in their midst?
List at least two direct results of Him living in their presence?
3) What do the NT scriptures say about God living in the midst of His people?
Do we sometimes see the same results as above when His people know God is in their midst?
Does God's presence affect us in the same way? Why or why not?
4 As you read through verses 3:14-20, list the NT teachings that are possibly referred to.
5 For advanced study, you can study the OT word 'assemble' and 'gather' and the NT word 'church.' What does the Greek word for 'church' mean? Ek - klesia (we can see this Greek word in the English Ecclesiology - study of the church.) Trace this theme throughout the Bible.