The word of God reveals His character. The enemy of good has tempted us to fear God as a severe judge with a harsh, exacting and unforgiving nature. Our connect group is on a quest to rediscover the true loving character of God as manifest in each book of the Bible and revealed in the life and death of His Son. Instead of the circular voyage of life that many seem to be enamored with these days, this quest, the Journey, has a historical beginning and an ultimate goal - from Eden created to Eden restored.
The Journey is a Connect Group designed for people in Live Wisdom (ages 55+). Yet, we welcome all adults, as every Connect Group at Church are welcome. The Journey meets from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Community Room 203.
(Drawing by Sue Huh and Diane Johnson)
March 23, 2019 - 2nd Kings
Teacher: Won Huh
In the Book of 2nd Kings, the divided kingdoms of Israel in the north and Judah in the south struggle under the leadership of mostly evil kings and eventually fall. Look for the picture of God through these stories of kings, a queen and prophets.
Some questions and thoughts for this week:
- Is God trustworthy?
- Why did so many kings of Israel and Judah have hard time trusting God?
- God does not give up easily. He reaches out again and again, wanting for us to return.
- God is quick to forgive, but consequences of our actions can be devastating and long lasting.
- What was so enticing about idol worship that made kings risk everything - their life, family and kingdom? What are the analogs today?
- Who do you trust? Why?
I will focus on the stories of King Hezekiah and his son, king Manasseh. Chapters 18-21.
Short Outline of 2 Kings from Today's English Version
- The divided kingdom (1:1 – 17:41)
- The prophet Elisha (1:1 – 8:15)
- The kings of Judah and of Israel (8:16 – 17:4)
- The fall of Samaria (17:5-41)
- The kingdom of Judah (18:1 – 21:26)
- From Hezekiah to Josiah (18:1 – 21:26)
- Josiah’s reign (22:1 – 23:30)
- The last kings of Judah (23:31 – 24:20)
- The fall of Jerusalem (25:1-30)
Delilah (Dee) Briggs is originally from central Wisconsin’s dairyland but has been a resident of Boulder county for the past thirty-eight years; a retired RN, married to the fabulous Elroy, mother of two brilliant adult sons, and having a long-time, unquenchable passion for Bible study.
Gordy Gates is a dentist in Boulder who has been a student of the Bible all of his life. Having traveled to the land of the Bible nine times in the last 10 years has increased his understanding and passion for the scriptures. His desire is to stimulate inquiry in God’s word for those who choose to attend our connect group.
Won Huh has a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and is a senior Manager at Avaya. He is married to Sue and they have two daughters. He likes to tinker with electronics, likes the outdoors and finds God’s grace and mercy in his Bible studies.
Mark Johnson is a physician with certification in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He has been the Executive Director of the Jefferson County Health Department for 28 years. He has taught Bible classes for over 30 years, and is continually seeking to find Jesus in each of the books of the Bible.
Stephen King holds Master of Arts Degrees in Economics and New Testament Ethics. After serving as congregational pastor for 22 years, he has recently completed 20 years service as Vice President for Community and International Health for Faith Based Health Systems.
Ed Reifsnyder is a retired healthcare consultant. Ed's teaching is characterized by challenging the conventional and stimulating class conversation.