This week, we are talking about one specific name for God that is found in Scripture: God of Angel Armies. The study of angels throughout Scripture is fascinating. Angels were created by God, and they were created with a specific purpose. They worship God and serve Him in a number of ways. Throughout this study, we will learn more about angels and be challenged by their example.
What is one of your favorite TV shows or movies that has angels in it?
1. What are common misconceptions that people have about angels?
2. One of the purposes of angels is to worship God (Revelation 5:11). What is one way that you can follow the angels' example and live a lifestyle of worship to God this week?
Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders.
3. Read Psalm 91:11-13. What encouragement do these verses provide for followers of Christ? What encouragement do they provide for you, specifically?
For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
4. Has there been a time in your life when you believe God's angels were protecting you? Describe it.
5. Read Acts 12:6-11. How does the understanding that God sends angels when we pray change your prayer life?
The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered.
So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was actually happening. They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.
Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!”
6. Read Acts 12:20-24. God takes sin seriously and sends angels as messengers of His judgment. Are you struggling with any sin that you need to repent from? What is it?
Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they sent a delegation to make peace with him because their cities were dependent upon Herod’s country for food. The delegates won the support of Blastus, Herod’s personal assistant, and an appointment with Herod was granted. When the day arrived, Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to them. The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!”
Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.
Meanwhile, the word of God continued to spread, and there were many new believers.
7. Scripture teaches that angels rejoice when lost people come to Christ. What are you currently doing to reach the lost with the message of Christ? If you have not been reaching out to the lost, how can you arrange your life in a way that you can reach out to others with the message of Christ?
The angels set a poignant example for us by their concern for the lost and the way they rejoice when a lost person turns to God. One way you can follow the angel's example is by inviting your lost friends and family members to church events with you this Christmas season. As a group, make plans to attend one of our Christmas Tree Lightings, December 2-5, and invite your lost friends and family members to join you! You also have the opportunity to pass out door hangers inviting your neighbors to one of our Christmas at Sagebrush services December 20-24. As a group, pick a time and place to pass out these door hangers together. They will be available at the Information Desk starting on December 7.
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For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.