Deliverance: A Redemption Backstory (Week of 04.29.18)
Leader’s Note: In this CG material coinciding with the Deliverance sermon series, you’ll find a familiar structure of prayer, reflection, group discussion, and practical application — but all with an Exodus spin. Each week will mirror the journey of the Israelites in the Book of Exodus. First, we’ll start with God’s pre-existing Covenant with His people and how that relates to the Bondage His people are in. Second, we’ll examine God’s work of Deliverance from this bondage, as well as the work of Remembrance which His people are called to (regularly recalling God’s goodness). Finally, we’ll collectively long for the Promised Land — the life which God saved His people for and consider how we can practically step into it.
Covenant & Bondage
(We pray with the Psalm to worshipfully cultivate intimacy with God — reflecting on the Covenant of connection between God and His people and the Bondage keeping us from that connection.)
Read aloud and pray with Psalm 13. Take note of any phrases that stand out to you.
Covenant: Take a few minutes as a group to pray in agreement with Psalm 13:6 — “I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” Offer your praises to God for the ways he has cared for you.
Bondage: Set a timer for 5 minutes of silent reflection with these questions:
- How can you relate to Psalm 13:1? “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” Pray to God about the ways you have felt forgotten or distant from Him.
- Pray with Psalm 13:4 — “lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed over him,’ lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.” Ask God to be your comfort in fearful places in your life. What might He want you to know about how He is with you in the midst of fear?
Provide space for a few in the group to share what they noticed in the time of prayer.
Deliverance & Remembrance
(We discuss how the message of Scripture describes God’s Deliverance, and we sit in Remembrance of what He has already done in the past and still does today.)
The first deliverers in Exodus are the midwives of Egypt and Moses’ mother. God uses many people and circumstances to bring about His redemptive purposes, but it all grows from an individual’s single act of faithfulness. These small and large moments lay the groundwork for God’s greater story of redemption.
Read Exodus 1:15-2:10 and discuss:
- Considering the story of God’s deliverance of Israel through Moses coming up in Exodus, why is this a significant part of the story’s introduction?
- How have you personally witnessed God at work through bold acts of faithfulness? What stories of faithfulness have you found inspiring?
- What small or large acts of faithfulness have you seen or done where you are still waiting for a redemptive result? How does it feel to wait?
(We consider the hopeful Promised Land that God is leading us toward.)
Split into pairs, discuss the following questions, and pray for one another:
- What new life did you practically step into last week?
- In light of this discussion, what hope and new life is God inviting you into? What bondage is He delivering you from?
- What is one practical step you can take this week to walk into the new life God is giving you? By God’s grace and with faith, be bold and courageous. (There will be an opportunity to share about this next week.)