Deliverance: Man Meets God (Week of 05.06.18)
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 34. Take note of any phrases that stand out to you.
Covenant: Take a few minutes as a group to pray in agreement with Psalm 34:3 — “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” Pray with grateful exaltation for the many attributes of God (e.g., He is good, a provider, a refuge, etc.).
Bondage: Set a timer for 5 minutes of silent reflection with these questions:
- How can you relate to Psalm 34:6? “This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.” Pray to God about the troubles God has saved you from.
- Pray with Psalm 34:15 — “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry.” What are you crying out to the Lord for? How do you want Him to hear you and respond?
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.)
Moses is a flawed and fearful man, and God is the faithful Creator of the universe. The two forge an unlikely bond initially marked by Moses’ reverence and reservation. God insists that Moses go to the Pharaoh to deliver His people to a promised land.
Read Exodus 2:11-3:15 and discuss:
- Moses runs from Egypt after committing a crime and considers himself a “foreigner in a foreign land.” What is the significance of God choosing a man like Moses to deliver His people from Egypt? What could God have seen in Moses?
- How can you see yourself in this story of unlikely relationship with God and a calling to God’s purposes?
- What purpose might God be inviting you into for His and His people’s sake?
(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.)