The Invitation zarahlim.

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THE INVITATION Objective: To appreciate God’s invitation for all to receive His blessings and accept that invitation. Scripture Text: Isaiah 55:11 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” I. Introduction: CHEAP THRILLS

*Some things are not worth the price tag they carry. They may seem “cool” and “enjoyable” now, but in the end, you will reap the consequences. Examples: drugs, cigarettes, alcohol Ask the group:  Are you pleased with the way your life is going right now?  Are you making wise investments in your life?  Or do you go for cheap thrills and ignore the future consequences? *God invites us to invest in a HAPPY and BLESSED life – the best part is that it is FREE and readily available to us. II. Discussion

1. Ask the group: What are some bargains you have run across recently? THE ROLE OF ADVERTISING  To persuade consumers to buy.  To convince them that they are getting a good deal. *Note that advertisements are not always straightforward with their facts or their presentation. Examples: Print ads – maganda sa picture, pero pag binili na, maliit lang pala or hindi maganda ang presentation. GOD’S OFFER  No joke!  Completely honest.  What you see (or hear or read about) is what you get.  FREE!!
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*When he tells us what we must do to find happiness, we can trust him! Isaiah 55:1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. “WALANG LIBRE SA PANAHON NGAYON”  This saying is not true with God.  He wants us to stop wasting our lives on empty and meaningless things.  He wants us to come to Him for the blessings He can provide. IS IT STILL AVAILABLE TODAY? Revelations 21:6 “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of life.” 2. Ask the group: Are you satisfied with your life?  We will never be satisfied unless we put God first in our lives.

Isaiah 55:2 “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. *This verse is not about food or money, but about how we spend our life and what we get in return.    Material things will never satisfy us. There is an empty space in everyone’s life that only GOD can fill. We must take the time to listen to God; we must do His will, only then will we be truly happy.

Isaiah 55:3 “Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.

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3. Ask the group: Do you think there are people who are beyond God’s forgiveness? Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  God forgives us the moment we come to Him in true repentance.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”   God does not base His forgiveness on our limited ability to understand. God’s forgiveness is FREE to ALL who come to Him in repentance.

4. What happens when we turn to God? Isaiah 55:10, 11 “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  God’s Word will cause our lives to GROW, PROSPER, and be FILLED WITH JOY – as we trust Him and accept what His Word tells us. God’s Word will always be powerful to accomplish its work. We can know joy and happiness in life.

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Isaiah 55:12, 13 “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.”  God’s deliverance and blessing will follow those who are faithful to God.

Isaiah 55:11 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Pray the Sinner’s Prayer with those who want to accept Christ in their hearts.

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