1. What purpose does pruning serve in the believers life? John 15:2
  2. What is the prerequisite for being pruned? John 15:4-6 (to be made clean or to be attached to the vine)
  3. Why do we need to be pruned? What is the condition of our hearts? Jer17:9, Mark 7:21-22
  4. What attitude should we have as children of God about the state of our hearts? Psalm 139:23-24
  5. According to 2 Cor 5:17-21, we have been made new and have become the righteousness of God; why then do we need to undergo continuous consistent pruning/cleansing? 2 Cor 3:18, 2 Peter 1:3-7.
  6. Watch a five-minute video on the refining process employed in the refining of precious metals at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8Ewy1BsYc8 and discuss the ultimate aim of Gods purging (pruning, cleansing, disciplining) among the Israelites and how it applies to us today? Isaiah 1:25-26, Malachi 3:3-4

Pruning: The Father’s role

My dear child, don’t shrug o God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child He loves that he disciplines, the child He embraces, He also corrects.

Hebrews 12 : 5b – 6

  1. What is God’s role in disciplining us? Is God with us during times of discipline? Job 5:17-22, Jeremiah 30:11; 46:28
  2. Who does God discipline? Hebrews 12:5-6, Deuteronomy 8:5
  3. According to Hebrews 12:10 & 14 why does God discipline us?
  4. How does God discipline us? What tool does God use in disciplining/teaching us? Deuteronomy 4:34-36, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  5. What does the discipline of the Lord entail? Deuteronomy 11:2-7, Psalm 39:11
  6. Read Deuteronomy 8:2-5
  1. Why did god cause the Israelites to be hungry and thirsty in the desert?
  2. Does God discipline His children in similar ways today? Does God withhold certain blessings from us today? What is usually His intent?
  3. What assurance do we have from His word? Lamentations 3:31-36; Job 5:17-22
  1. What role does the word of God play in pruning us and making us disciplined? Hebrew 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Christ cuts away the unusable in order to make us usable” – Anonymous

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