NextLevel Online: Rend Your Hearts: A study through the Book of Joel

Session 4: Rend Your Hearts…Nations Will Notice (Joel 3:1-21)

We see in the final chapter that when we rend our hearts, the nations will notice. The main idea is, “Rending our hearts paves the way for the coming of God.” He may come in judgment, or he may come with his precious Holy Spirit. But having a repentant heart will prepare us for either.



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God’s people are always on display for the nations!

  • “I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6b).

  • And when God’s people do not function as this light to the nations, then God’s name is blasphemed among the nations because of their behavior (Romans 2:24).

We see in the final chapter that when we rend our hearts, the nations will notice.

I would like to read through chapter three with kind of an expository reading approach. Let us strive to notice how God will punish the nations and how he will protect his people.

The main idea is, “Rending our hearts paves the way for the coming of God.” He may come in judgment, or he may come with his precious Holy Spirit. But having a repentant heart will prepare us for either.

Corrective Note: Mark said the dispersion of the Jews would take place in "the time of the Bible." He meant to say at "the time of the New Testament."

Discussion Questions:

  • Is there evidence to suggest that God spares unbelievers and believers to accomplish his purposes (Genesis 18:22-33; Acts 27:39-44)?

  • Is there a behavior among believers today that you think might be causing the Christian witness to be compromised? How are we blaspheming God’s name among the nations today?

  • How would you answer the following question? “Isn’t your God sort of capricious—I mean, he uses nations for his purposes one minute and then turns around and punishes them the next?”

  • How does knowing that God will have the last word and execute the last judgment give his followers security and comfort?

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