Small Group Questions - Haggai 1:1-15 (September 11, 2022)

posted by Bethel Group Life | Sep 11, 2022

Ice Breaker

What is one thing God taught you this summer? 


General Study Questions

  • How does this passage fit into the book as a whole?

  • How does it flow from the previous section of the text?

  • What in the passage stands out to you?  

  • How does this passage minister to its original audience?

  • How does this text minister to us today?

  • Is there a sin to confess?

  • Is there a cause for thanksgiving or praise to God?

  • Is there a promise or truth to trust in?

  • Is there an attitude to change?

  • Is there a command to obey or an example to imitate?

  • Is there anything confusing or hard to understand about the passage?  

  • How is the Gospel present in this passage?  

  • What is the single, main point of the passage? 

  • How would you apply this passage to your life?  


Text Specific Questions

  1. What do you know about the book of Haggai? (Who wrote the book? To whom was it written? When was it written? In what literary style was it written? What are the central themes of the book?)

  • If you would like extra material on Haggai you can click here to watch a 5 minute overview of the book. You can watch this on your own with your group. 

  1. What were the reasons the people of Israel had not finished building the temple? What had they prioritized instead (see 1:4)? 

  2. The Ark of the Covenant is gone and will never again be returned to the temple; the temple they are being commanded to build will only be destroyed again in the years to come. Do you have any thoughts as to what purpose (or purposes) the rebuilding of the temple serves?

  3. What kind of difficulties were the people experiencing (see 1:10-22)? Why were they experiencing those difficulties (see 1:9)? Why would a loving God cause His people to suffer those things? 

  4. In 1:12 it says the people obeyed the Lord. God challenged the people through Haggai and they responded well. What is something that God is challenging you to be obedient in?  

  5. In 1:12 it also notes that the people feared the Lord. Why would the people respond with fear to Haggai’s message? Is this fear a positive or negative thing? 

  6. In 1:13 God tells the people that He is with them as they work. Can you think of other times in the Bible when God told the people He was with them? How can this statement from God comfort us today? 

  7. In 1:14 it says God roused the spirit of the people to do the work. Why is that statement so significant? What would we miss if the text only told us that the people went to work?

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