Faith Refined

Have you ever wondered if God sees you, if he cares about your troubles, or if he has a plan for your life? Many of us go through the motions of attending church, serving, and even giving, but our souls feel empty and God seems distant. In the book of Malachi, the Israelites are dealing with stagnant faith diluted by religion. In his mercy, God exposes their entitlement and disobedience, reminds them of his own faithfulness, and points them to the hope of a coming Messiah. 

God also wants to peel back the layers of our half-hearted Christianity and infuse vibrant life into our faith. May we engage the study of Malachi with honesty and courage, willing to lay down our entitlement for an authentic relationship with God.

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Teaching

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Corrupt Offerings

Because he loves the Israelites, God has poured his heart and soul into making a way for them to be connected to him. Yet, they dismiss and disregard the sacrificial system, which reveals their shallow faith. May we examine our own offerings to God and consider how we can show him honor by pouring out our lives for him.

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God's Love for His People

In the opening verses of Malachi, God reminds the Israelites of his faithful love for them. While they are stuck in a cultural moment of disappointment and confusion, God is at work in the wide world, preparing to send a Messiah who will deal with their greatest enemy of sin.

Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Malachi 3:1

Study Questions

  • WEEK 1: God's Love for His People

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  • WEEK 2: Corrupt Offerings

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Reading Plan

These daily readings will help prepare you for the upcoming teaching you will hear this weekend at Grace Church. These passages will create some context for the sermon by showing you Scriptures the teacher might be quoting and some passages that contain related ideas. Our hope is that as you follow this reading plan, it will help you become more defined and directed by Scripture.

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Timeline

But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.

Malachi 4:2

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