Deliverance: Bondage (Week of 04.22.18)

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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 30. Take note of any phrases that stand out to you.

Covenant: Take a few minutes as a group to pray in agreement with Psalm 30:11-12 — “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.” Offer praise to God for ways you’ve seen Him work redemption in your life.

Bondage: Set a timer for 5 minutes of silent reflection with these questions:

  • How can you relate to Psalm 30:1? “I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.” What depths has God lifted you from?
  • Sometimes bondage is due to forces external to us like Pharaoh over the Israelites — such as systems we live under, including consumerism, racism, hyper-sexualization, and so on. Ask God to make clear these areas of bondage in your life where He wants to deliver you.


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.)

Bondage to Self: when internal states of mind and heart enslave us — such as tendencies toward idolatry, addiction, control, fear, and wrath.
Bondage to Systems: when systems of rule, law, or social convention exert an oppressive force on people groups — such as racism, sexism, consumerism, and xenophobia.

Read Exodus 1 and discuss:

  • What are the evils perpetrated against the Israelites? What modern parallels might there be to the wrongs seen here? (Feel free to talk about social and political issues, and please do so respectfully in a way that honors God and one another.)
  • What are the ways you have seen God’s work of deliverance from systems of bondage in our modern day? How have you personally experienced it?
  • With areas of bondage to systems we are currently under, how do you hope for God to deliver us? What might that deliverance look like?


Promised Land
(We consider the hopeful Promised Land that God is leading us toward.)

Split into pairs, discuss the following questions, and pray for one another:

  • 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.)