Lesson 6: July 9, 2017
Isaiah in the Temple: Isaiah 6: 1-8
Teaching Strategy: Invite volunteers to share stories of times they have felt called by God to do something, perhaps something they – like Isaiah – felt unworthy or unqualified to do, and how they responded. Then invite participants to create a list of ministries in their congregation or community that are currently not being done, including opportunities to serve others and/or work for justice. Ask them to consider how God’s call to such ministries, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” might be experienced today, and what would motivate or enable them to answer God’s call with a yes, “Here am I, send me.”
Isaiah responded to the appearance of the Lord saying “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (v. 5). One of the seraphs then touched Isaiah’s mouth with a live coal taken from the altar and said to Isaiah, “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out” (v. 7). When the Lord asked, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah was able to respond, “Here am I; send me!” (v. 8).
- In what ways is God calling Christians to serve those in need locally, nationally, and globally? Feeding the hungry? Bread for the World Housing the homeless? Habitat for Humanity Welcoming refugees? Church World Service
- In what ways is God calling Christians to be advocates working for justice for the oppressed and downtrodden? National Council of Churches: Joint Action and Advocacy for Justice and Peace Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty: Take Action To Protect Religious Liberty for All: Welcome Your Neighbors
- In what settings and situations are Christians being called to end the silence, to speak truth, to proclaim God’s righteousness? The High Cost Of White Evangelical Silence On Hate Crimes; Most Of America’s Terrorists Are White, And Not Muslim; Christian Militias Kill Up to 30 Muslim Civilians in Central African Republic
- Consider ending with one of the many hymns of discipleship and commitment, e.g., Here I Am, Lord or We Are Called, Come Live in the Light
Summer 2017 Theme: God’s Urgent Call
Unifying Principle: Unexpected circumstances can lead us into paths we don’t anticipate. Where do we gain confidence to undertake these unexpected tasks? Isaiah’s confidence came from the unusual and compelling events of his call.
.Posted on: July 4, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing