By Michael C. Mack
1. Describe something you have created, built, or rebuilt. Did others help with the project? If so, what part did they play in its completion?
Read Haggai 1:12—2:9.
2. How was rebuilding the temple a human-divine partnership? What parts did God ordain for the people to play? What parts could only God do? How significant was the people’s obedience in this partnership?
3. Why would the people be concerned about the size and majesty of the new temple as compared to the first temple? In what ways would that be discouraging?
4. How can a focus on outward appearances get in the way of God’s work?
5. “In a little while” (v. 6) indicates that God was looking to the future, when Jesus would come to the temple, and to the end of time, when he will return. How does seeing the big picture help you better understand what God was (and is) doing?
6. How have you recently experienced God’s presence? How has he removed fear or given you strength when you needed it?
7. How has God prepared, encouraged, and strengthened you for the work he’s given you to do in his church?
Michael Mack is the author of 16 small group books and discussion guides, including I’m a Leader . . . Now What? (Standard Publishing). He also leads church training events and consults with churches through his ministry, Small Group Leadership (www.smallgroupleadership.com).