Deliverance: Passover (06.03.18)
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 103.
Covenant: Take a few minutes as a group to pray aloud in agreement with Psalm 103:1 — “all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” Praise God for what you’re most grateful for in the depths of your heart.
Bondage: Set a timer for 5 minutes of silent reflection with these questions:
- It is God “who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things.” What sin has God forgiven you for? What pit has He redeemed you from?
- If God did not intervene in your life to save you, where would you be today?
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 is saving Israel from death and slavery for life and freedom. The pathway involves extreme, specific obedience to God’s instruction for the Passover meal.
Read Exodus 12 and discuss:
- What do you find most interesting about this chapter? What surprises you?
- The Passover is a ritual of remembrance for how God saved the Israelites. Why might God make the ritual so specific? What effect does this have on the people of Israel?
- What connections do you see between the Passover and the life and death of Jesus?
- How do you see Israel and Jesus being obedient to God, and what might that kind of obedience look like in your life?
(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.)