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Life Group Guide (05.06.18)

Life Group Guide

For the week of May 6-12
Sermon Series: Strong
Sermon: Obedience

Impact Team Focus: Kids

Main Thought for the Week:

After entering the promised land, the Israelites demonstrate obedience through circumcision and celebration of the passover. Through this passage, we can learn about obedience to God:

Covenantal Obedience - In circumcision and in celebrating Passover, the Israelites practiced covenantal obedience - obedience that reflected their identity in covenant with God. Similarly, obedience helps us to be identified as followers and children of God.

 

Vulnerability of Obedience - We see here that obedience is not always safe, comfortable, or painless. Obedience reflects our trust in God and identity in Him. Fear of vulnerability must not stop us doing what we are called to do. Instead, “Zooming out” allows us to see God’s past faithfulness, and then trust that He will continue to be faithful in our vulnerabilit

 

Perplexing Nature of Obedience - Sometimes obedience doesn’t make sense to the outside world. Paul says we will be “fools for Christ”. However, listening to God’s prompting and responding to it shows the world the Kingdom of God and His character. It’s our submission to His commands that leads others to knowing Him better.

Main Passages: ‭‭

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭5:2-3‬ ‭(NIV‬‬)

“At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the Israelites again.” So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the Israelites at Gibeath Haaraloth.”

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭5:9-10‬ ‭(NIV‬‬)

“Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover.”

Discussion Questions: 

  1. What stood out to you from this week’s message?
  2. Have you been called by God to so something that didn’t make sense to outsiders?
  3. How have you experienced vulnerability in obedience?
  4. Is there something specific God is currently calling you to do?

Prayer Targets:

Pray for individual requests in the group, pray for people being reached out to by group members by name, and pray for the growth and health of Grace City. 

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