November 26th 2017
Passage: Exodus 13:17–14:31 Theme: Crossing the Red Sea Truths this passage teaches us: God knows where he is going (13:17–14:4). God knows what he is doing (14:5–9). God fights for his people (14:10–29). Point of the Passage: We must see that God’s miraculous works save those who are his but destroy those who oppose him (14:30). Response (14:31): Fear God Trust Application Questions: According to 13:17–14:4, why does God lead the children of Israel in the direction that he does? What does this indicate about his leading in our lives today? In 14:5–9, God directs his people in such a way as to provoke Pharaoh to attack them. Do you think that he still does this today in leading his people? How? Do you respond more like the people (14:10–12) or Moses (13–14) when you are confronted with life-altering news or decisions? (Note: even though the people forget or fail to acknowledge God’s ability, he still delivers) What encouragements do you take from 14:14? How do you react to a verse like 14:30 with its dual outcome? What should the responses in 14:31 look like in the situations you face today?
November 19th 2017
Summary: The Passover was and still is central to the Jewish faith and worship. There was not a more significant event for Israel, and, aside from Christ’s resurrection, there is not a more significant event for Christians today. We have no hope if Jesus Christ is not the Passover Lamb who was slain for the sins of world. Join us this week as we look into the first Passover and celebrate God’s grace toward us through Communion. Discussion Questions: 1. Are you convinced that you are deserving of death and judgment because of your sin? 2. How does our culture try to convince us that sin is not as bad as Scripture says it is? 3. What is the difference between Faith Applied and Faith Acknowledged? 4. What does it mean to apply faith in the death and resurrection of Christ? 5. Are you careful to celebrate and remember the work of Christ as the ultimate Passover Lamb? Individually? As a family? As a community of faith? 6. Why is our consistent celebration of the Lord’s Table/ Lord’s Supper/ Communion so important to the life of the church? 7. As Israel was to eat the Passover meal clothed and ready to leave, we are to live in such a way that is prepared for Christ’s return. What does this look like in your life?
November 12th 2017
Pastor Phil Burggraff. Passage: Exodus 7:14–10:29 Theme: God shows who is in control. 1. God remains sovereign over everything. Our Action: Recognize him 2. God demonstrates patience towards those who stubbornly rebel against him. Our Action: Repent 3. God judges those who refuse to listen to him. Our Action: Respond ASAP Point of the Passage: Because God sovereignly accomplishes his purposes, we must submit to him before it is too late. Application Questions: • How does God display his sovereignty in this passage? How does he display it in our world today? • Does Pharaoh really have any responsibility for his actions if God is sovereignly in control? Do we get to make choices and have responsibility? How would you answer someone that denies their responsibility if God is in control? • In what ways do you stubbornly resist God’s word towards you? • What does this passage teach us about God’s judgment on those who refuse to listen to him?
October 29th 2017
Theme: God reaffirms and works through his chosen one. Passage: Exodus 6:2–7:13 1. God reminds his holy ones who he is and what he will do for them (6:2–27) Response: Believe 2. God announces judgment on those who fail to acknowledge him (6:28–7:7) Response: Speak 3. God demonstrates that he can defeat anything (7:8–13). Response: Persevere We need to trust and declare that God is who he says and will do what he has promised even as many will not heed our testimony.
October 22nd 2017
God calls Moses, but Moses questions God's plan and makes excuses not to do it.
October 15th 2017
This week we will continue our study of the book of Exodus by looking into the famous account of God calling Moses via a burning bush, Moses’ reluctance to get on board, and God’s gracious persistence to accomplish His purposes. Outline: The Burning Bush: The Holiness of God (3:1-10) Moses’ Reluctance: Proper Posture, but not the Point (3:11-4:1) God’s Provision: 3 Signs (4:2-9) Moses’ Resistance: Disobedience (4:10-13) God’s Persistence: The Sovereignty of God (4:14-17)
October 8th 2017
God Prepares a Deliverer Point of Passage: Through weakness and humility, God prepares his holy ones to accomplish his will despite what present circumstances might be. 1. God uses the weak and humble to accomplish his purposes (2:1–10). 2. God prepares those he chooses to accomplish his will (2:11–22). • Moses’ preparation • Moses’ confrontation of injustice • Moses’ exile 3. God is at work even when life’s circumstances would indicate otherwise (2:23–25). Application: 1. Recognize that God has a purpose for you. 2. Help the most vulnerable. 3. Accept God’s timing for preparation. 4. Trust that God is at work for your good.
October 1st 2017
Passage: Exodus 1:1–22 Theme: Let the Exodus Begin 1. God fulfills his promises (1:1–7). 2. The wicked will violently oppose God’s plans (1:8–14). 3. As his children, we must choose to fear God above all else (1:15–22). Main Idea: As his holy people, trust God will accomplish his purposes no matter what life looks like at the time. Reflection Questions: • What prior themes from Genesis are essential for properly understanding Exodus? • In light of Genesis 1:28; 9:1, 7, what is the author of Exodus signaling to us in Exodus 1:1–7? • Why do you think that the author begins Exodus with so little mention of God (he isn’t mentioned until v. 17; and he doesn’t act overtly in this story)? In what ways should this affect our understanding of how God works today? • How does wickedness oppose God’s plans in our context today? • Are there times today that we must act on our fear of God when society or even government might demand that we do otherwise? List some instances.