Questions to help you dig deeper into the message:
Read Genesis 19:1-16. Lot’s choice of Sodom is unfortunate, and his behavior is bizarre (offering his two daughters???), yet he is called a “righteous man” in 2 Peter 2:7. Why is that? What does this say about you and I and our position in God’s eyes?
Read Psalm 66:18, Isaiah 59:2, and Isaiah 1:15. What do these verses say about the prayers that God hears? (What about 1 Peter 3:7? WHAT!?!) Have you ever experienced a time when you felt your prayers were not being heard, or when God seemed far away? What was happening in your life during those times?
What do Hebrews 12:1-2 have in common with Ezekiel 18:31-32? How do these verses show the GRACE of the Lord?
Pastor Michael listed some things that Scripture teaches about why the Lord was upset with Sodom (his list was taken from: Isaiah 1, Jeremiah 23:14, Ezekiel 16:49-50, Matthew 10:14-15, 2 Peter 2:6-8, Jude vs 7) : rebelling against God, lacking in knowledge, deserting the Lord, idolatry, engaging in meaningless religious ritual, being unjust and oppressive to others, being insensitive to the needs of widows and orphans, committing murder, accepting bribes, pride, excess of food while the poor and needy suffered, laziness, insensitivity to the needs of the poor, haughtiness, inhospitable to strangers, ungodly, unprincipled and lawless.
Which of these do we see prevalent in our society today? Read Romans 16:19. What does it mean to be “innocent” of evil? Name some ways a Jesus-loving God-follower looks different than someone who isn’t.