Discussion Questions for Advent 2a

  1. Does Isaiah’s vision of the “peaceable kingdom” apply to nations today? If so, how? If not, why? (Isa 11:6-7)
  2. The prophet says, “The earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD.” What does this say about God’s plan for salvation? (Isa 11:10)
  3. Why did John the Baptist preach such stern warnings? Do they apply to us today? Why or why not? (Matt 3:7-12)

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These questions are intended to stimulate conversation on the Revised Common Lectionary texts for the coming week. They are designed to be accessible to individuals and groups (and not limited to preachers) who are reading the lectionary texts in advance of worship.

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