The Story:
Discussing Chapter 4

by Living Springs Community Church on November 22, 2015

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“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 4: Deliverance

Based on Exodus 1–7 and 10–17:

  • Moses is born
  • God sends the plagues
  • Israel leaves Egypt
  • Wilderness wanderings

Breaking the ice

Who is your favorite superhero? Why?

Digging in

The story of Moses is a story of deliverance—God allowed Moses’ mother to deliver a male baby in spite of the Pharaoh’s command against it. God used Moses’ sister to deliver the infant to a place of safety. God delivered Moses out of Egypt when his life was in danger. And then God used Moses to deliver the nation of Israel out of generations of slavery. All of these stories are part of God’s larger story of deliverance for us today.

Reflecting

  1. When Moses obeyed God and told the Pharaoh to release the Israelites, Pharaoh responded by increasing the Israelites’ workload. Have you ever experienced something that felt like a punishment after you obeyed God? How did this affect your relationship with God?
  2. Look at God’s description of Himself on page 48, particularly the “I will” phrases. What is Moses focused on? What is God focused on?
  3. Do you know people like Pharaoh, whose hearts are hardened against God? Are there things you can do to help soften these hearts?
  4. In this chapter, it’s easy to list examples of how God showed His wrath. But what are some ways God showed His goodness?
  5. The Passover meal (pp. 51–52) was meant to be a perpetual reminder of how God delivered Israel. How is our Communion meal similar to the Passover meal?

Praying

Pray about the things you need to be delivered from. Pray for other people you know who are enslaved by something. And pray that even during the process of deliverance, you’ll feel confidence and gratitude.

 

For next week…

Chapter 5: New Commands and a New Covenant

Based on Exodus 19–20, 24–25, 32–34, and 40:

  • Moses receives the Ten Commandments
  • Moses spends 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai
  • Aaron and the golden calf
  • Building the tabernacle
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