Small Group Questions - Haggai 2:1-9 (September 18, 2022)

posted by Bethel Group Life | Sep 19, 2022

Ice Breaker

How have you been discouraged or disappointed recently? How did it affect your faith in God?


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. Review what you have learned the last two weeks about the book of Haggai. What stood out to you from the sermons? Did anything surprise you, challenge you, convict you, or encourage you? 

  2. The people are discouraged because the temple is nothing like it used to be. How does the Lord encourage them in v.3-5? How does one “be strong” as the Lord commanded in these verses?

  3. Because this temple is not as expensive or beautiful as the first one, the people assume it is not as glorifying to God. Are there areas in your life where you are too focused on external things instead of God’s presence? Are there areas in your life where comparisons are causing discouragement? 

  4. In verse 4 God calls the people to do the work knowing God’s presence was with them. What work is God calling you to do in your life? How can knowing God’s presence is with you help you accomplish that work? 

  5. The Lord refers to himself 5 times in v 5-9 as the “Lord of Armies” (CSB), “Lord of Heaven’s Armies” (NLT), or “Lord Almighty” (NIV) depending on the Bible translation you

use. Why do you think He does this?

  1. How is v.6 in Haggai 2:6 used in Hebrews 12:26? Why is it significant that the Lord is behind the shaking”? What is the purpose(s) of the “shaking”?

  2. What hope is provided for the people, both for the present and future in v. 6-9?

  3. How does the character of God as revealed in these verses, as well as His promises, bring you hope? How can you encourage each other with these truths?

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