Deliverance: Parting the Sea (06.10.18)
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.)
Read aloud and pray with Psalm 77.
Covenant: Take a few minutes as a group to pray aloud in agreement with Psalm 77 — “I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” Thank God for the ways you have seen him mightily at work in the world and throughout time.
Bondage: Set a timer for 5 minutes of silent reflection with these questions:
- “When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted.” How are you in distress and seeking God’s comfort?
- Ask God: what does He want you to know about who He is in times of distress?
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 Lord demonstrates Himself to be Israel’s ultimate Deliverer through miraculously parting the Red Sea. This scene is the climax of Israel and Moses’ ongoing conflict with Egypt and the Pharaoh. Though their oppressor is vanquished, the story begins to shift focus toward the adversary within the Israelites’ complaining hearts: “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?”
Read Exodus 14 and discuss:
- What do you find most interesting about this chapter? What surprises you?
- Getting into the mindset of the Israelites, what might they have been experiencing emotionally, physically, and mentally?
- What are the attributes and characteristics of God on display in this chapter?
- In what ways can you relate to feeling despair and wondering if God will help? In what ways have you felt delivered by 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 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.)