Deliverance: Life & Purity (07.08.18)
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.
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.)
Covenant: Take a few minutes to pray aloud as a group to connect with the Lord. Express your gratitude for Him as a source of life.
Read aloud and pray with Psalm 73.
Bondage: Set a timer for 10 minutes of silent journaling in a notebook or on your phone:
- Reflecting on Psalm 73, how have you seen your life as pure and set apart for the Lord? In what ways is this purity difficult for you?
- The psalm voices envy for the prosperity of the wicked: “This is what the wicked are like—always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.” In what ways do you envy those who do not follow God? Write your prayer to God about this.
- “You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.” Ask God what guidance He wants to offer you. Write your prayer in response to His guidance.
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.)
These commandments prohibit murder and adultery. This implicitly values life, purity, and fidelity by contrast.
Read Exodus 20:13-14 and discuss:
- What do you find interesting about these Scriptures? What stands out to you?
- Imagine a society committed to following these commandments. What would these commandments produce in the culture of that people?
- In what ways do you see the world around us needing the freedom that these commandments provide?
- What would it look like for you and your community group to proactively value life, purity, and faithfulness to God?
(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 with the Lord 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.