The “Jesus Focus” in the Book of Zephaniah

Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in Zephaniah

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook

Charts adapted from Dr. Michael Williams Book

Title for Zephaniah

Zephaniah: Theme

Zephaniah 2:3

“Coming Judgment”

God announces to Judah the approaching day of the Lord.

“Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD.”

Christ-Focus in Zephaniah

Implications from Zephaniah

Hooks from Zephaniah

The Son of Man is coming to judge.

 “because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

 – Acts 17:31

Let’s encourage one another to live in the light of Christ’s imminent return.

 “And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.”

 – 1John 2:28

Do you look forward to the Lord’s return, or do you fear it?

 What might be causing fear?

 Do you want God to remove sin from the world, or would you like to play with it a little longer?

 What makes sinful behavior attractive to you?

 In what will you take confidence on the coming day of judgment?

 How is your relationship with Christ?

 Is it growing deeper or are you growing apart?

 What is causing this?

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Valley Baptist Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca., and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 29 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and seven grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: (1) Intimacy with God, (2) marriage, (3) family, (4) friendship, (5) vocationally/ministry , (6) emotional and physical health, (7) stewardship of resources, (8) discipleship, and (9) mentoring.

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