Rev. Trevor Johnston
Sermon Title: Friendship Changes the World
- Tell about one of your best friends and how you met that person.
- Read 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, 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 will worship God on this mountain.”
What questions or comments come to your mind as you read this passage?
- Friendship with God is not just a side-issue in the Christian faith. It is core to all that Christianity is about. God wants us to be His friends. What do you notice out of Exodus 3 about how God began His friendship with Moses?
- God used the burning bush to get Moses’s attention. God wants to get your attention, so that He can start a friendship with you. God uses circumstances, other people, or even supernatural signs to get our attention. What has God used to get your attention?
- When you notice that God might be trying to get your attention, if you respond with, “I’m listening. I’m paying attention,” your friendship with Him can grow. Tell about a time in your life when you listened to and obeyed God’s direction in your life, and as a result, you received more understanding of God and grew closer to Him.
- God told Moses to remove his sandals in recognition of God’s holiness. But perhaps, it was also so that all the barriers between Moses and God would be gone and they could have total honesty in their relationship. What are some things that have been a barrier between you and God?
- As part of building a real friendship with God, take some time now in quiet – just you and God – to (1) tell God what you are thinking and feeling and then (2) ask God what He thinks and feels.
- Pastor Trevor explained that God wants to share His broken heart with you and then use you. When was the last time you let God break your heart over what breaks His heart? What does your heart break over?
- If you respond to God by saying, “God, break my heart for what breaks Yours,” God will give you a role to play in His plan for healing the world. What part are you currently playing in God’s plan to save others and heal the world?
- If you’re not currently playing a role in God’s plan to heal the world, what steps could you take to begin that?