Deliverance: Plagues & Pride (05.27.18)
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 150.
Covenant: Take a few minutes as a group to pray aloud in agreement with Psalm 150:6 — “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Name the praiseworthy attributes of God or ways you have witnessed His greatness.
Bondage: Set a timer for 5 minutes of silent reflection with these questions:
- Psalm 150 is like a “sounding of the trumpet” with praise. In what ways can you connect to this praising tone, and in what ways does this sort of praise feel more like an aspiration than a current reality? Talk to the Lord about this.
- Ask God for a vision of His “acts of power” and “surpassing greatness” that may invite you into praise.
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 works miraculous acts of judgment against oppressive Egypt in the forms of plagues — plagues of gnats, locusts, darkness, and more. Each new plague and its aftermath are intended to teach Pharaoh about God’s power and compel him to release the Israelites. But rather than submitting to God and humbling himself, Pharaoh pridefully hardens his heart and continues to keep the Israelites enslaved.
- What do you find interesting about these Scriptures? What stands out to you?
- Why might God both be displaying His power in plagues and in hardening Pharaoh’s heart? What message does this convey to the Israelites?
- How have you seen God use hardship to teach a lesson or compel a course of action? How have you seen this in general and in your own 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.)