The River from the Temple
The Significance of the River (1-2)
- The River from the ______________ - Ezekiel 47 (temple)
- The ____________ of ____________ - Genesis 2 (Garden, Eden)
- The River of ___________ - Revelation 22 (life)
The Source of the River (1-2)
- Jesus is the perfect ______________ -John 19:17-18 (Sacrifice)
- Jesus sits at the ____________________ of God and is the head over everything- Ephesians 1:20-22 (right hand)
- Jesus is the only ______________ of life- John 14:6, John 4:4-15 (source)
The Saturation of the River (3-5)
The Spirit flows through us when we _________________________________ to follow Jesus Christ. John 7:37-39 (Make a decision)
How saturated are you with the Spirit of God?
- _____________________________ (On the River Bank)
- _____________________________ (Ankle Deep)
- _____________________________ (Waist Deep)
- _____________________________ (All In)
The Impact of the River (6-12)
- It brings _____________ everywhere it flows (life)
- It produces _____________ (fruit)
- It brings _________________ everywhere it flows (healing)
Study and Discussion Questions
1. Read Ezekiel 47:3-5 as a group. To what four depths did the man go into the river? How would you apply each depth to your own experience? At what depth in the river are you today? At what depth do you want to be?
2. Read Revelation 22:1-6. What are the similarities between the river in Revelation 22 and the river in Ezekiel 47? Are there any differences? What do you think the river symbolizes? Base your answer on Scripture.
3. What does the “curse” represent in Revelation 22:3? See Genesis 3:14-19, Romans 3:23, 6:23 and I Corinthians 15:54-57. What four things are a direct result of the “curse” being removed? See Revelation 22:3, 4, 5.
Applying the Word to Life
4. God may not ask you to do something as dramatic and difficult as Ezekiel, but if he did, would you do it? What part of the story of Ezekiel impacted you the most over the past couple of months?
5. Because of the people’s sins, God allowed the nation of Judah to be destroyed. But there was still hope- God promised to restore the land to those who remained faithful to him. In what ways has our nation been unfaithful to God? What role do we play in helping our “area of influence” to come back to God? Examples- Prayer, Worship, Making Choices that Honor God, Dealing with Sin in our Life, Leading Others Well, etc.
6. What will you do to direct others to the river of life, or to help them find God? Commit yourself to obey God, whatever, wherever, and whenever he asks!