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Joel 2 – The Day Of The Lord

“After the plague, then what?”. Join us this Sunday in person or on-line as Pastor Greg gives us the next 3 “Rs” in his sermon series through the book of Joel.

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 “Surely he has done great things! Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things!” – Joel 2:20-21


What happens after the Plague of Locusts?  What are you supposed to do after you have Responded, Returned and Regathered?

After the Plague Ends, Then What? (vs. 2:18-32)

1) R_______________! (vs. 2:18-24)

  • Promises from God (11+ of them!)

“Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:4-5

“Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world. Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy!  For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.” – Isaiah 12:5-6

  • “Joy Is Not Cancelled” The Collingsworth Family

2) R_________________ (vs. 2:25-27)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28 

(Psalms 103:10-18, Ecclesiastes 3:11-14)

3) R________________ (vs. 2:28-32)

  • The outpouring of the Holy Spirit (vs. 2:28-29) = Acts 2:1-21
  • The Day of the LORD (vs. 1:15, 2:1, 11, 31, 3:14)

“As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame’… for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” 

– Romans 10:11-13 

Digging Deeper

Q1: How do you feel about life now that we are living in an “endemic?” What are you rejoicing about in life right now?

Q2: In the chart below identify the judgments found in the previous passages and the promises of renewal in Chapter 2;

God’s Judgment Judgment Reversed
1:1-7locust swarm2:24-26
1:10-122:23
1:19-202:21-22
2:1-112:20

Q3: How is God’s display of grace in this cart reflected in your life? 

Q4: In your own life, what are your “years the locusts have eaten” (vs. 2:25)? What restoration are you longing for? 

Q5: Read Psalms 103:10-18 & Ecclesiastes 3:11-14. How do these passages renew the hope you have in the Lord for your life and our world?

Q6: Read Joel 2:26-27, John 1:14 & 2 Corinthians 6:16. What is the ultimate goal of God’s “shalom?” How do you see this in your life today?

Q7: What encouragement can you take from God’s promise to send his Spirit? How might his presence shape your daily choices, actions, and attitudes?