Deliverance: Divine Help (Week of 05.13.18)
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 27.
Covenant: Take a few minutes as a group to pray aloud in agreement with Psalm 27:4 — “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” Offer prayers about how you’ve witnessed the beauty of the Lord.
Bondage: Set a timer for 5 minutes of silent reflection with these questions:
- In what ways have you felt wrongly accused? “Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations” (Ps. 27:12).
- “The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) Ask God: How does He want to be your protector?
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.)
Coming to terms with what feels like an impossible task, Moses asks God for reassurance. God enables Moses with signs and miracles to demonstrate the power of God. When Moses is still feeling unconfident, God provides the help of Aaron as an articulate aid to Moses. God equips and helps.
Read Exodus 4:1-17 and discuss:
- Who does God show Himself to be in this interaction with Moses? How does God respond to Moses’ fear?
- God equips Moses through miraculous signs and a helpful companion. How has God done this for you?
- How are you currently feeling unconfident in what God has asked of you? How would you want God’s help?
(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? How is this in contrast to the bondage He is 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.)