Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Bless this Mess
Week 3 – Moses
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- As you consider what’s going on in our world, (without getting into political arguments 🙂 ) list some of the areas in our world that you feel are currently a mess.
- Practice our memory verse for this series together as a group.
“Be very careful, then, how you live– not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
- Read Matthew 5:13-16:
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
What does it mean for us to be “salt” in this world? What are some qualities of salt (especially how salt was used in the ancient world) that caused Jesus to choose salt as a metaphor for how Jesus’ followers should live in this world?
- Now discuss some qualities of “light” that we should emulate as Christ’s followers in this world.
- God’s bigger purposes always involve: 1) people and 2) transformation. With that in mind, what are some ways you are currently involved in God’s bigger purposes in the world?
- The things that cause us the most fear are usually also our biggest opportunities in life. If you have an example of that from your own life, share it with your group.
- In this sermon series, we first looked at Paul, then Nehemiah, and then today we looked at Moses. Read about him in Exodus 3:1-12:
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father,[a] the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.”
What questions or comments come to your mind as you read this passage?
This story provides us with:
- A Word about God
- Notice in verse 2 how God revealed Himself. What does this tell you about God, what He’s like and who He is?
- A Word about Oppression
- Note that God says he has seen the misery of His people. What does this passage tell you about God’s heart for oppressed people?
- Consider how your own heart compares to God’s heart on the misery and needs of people in the world. What are some ways you are seeking to live out God’s heart for the oppressed in our world?
- A Word about Justice
- God created us to be upset about injustices, because He made us in His image, and He hates injustice. What injustice in today’s world could you help to make right? We often think about all the things we can’t really change or do anything about and get discouraged – often doing nothing. But what are some things we can do?
- A Word about Us
- Read Micah 6:8:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
What is this verse saying to you personally today?