Exodus - Week 1

Exodus - Week 1

PRAY & PREPARE:

THIS SUNDAY, WE'LL BEGIN A NEW SERIES STUDYING THE BOOK OF EXUDUS. AS WE BEGIN OUR STUDY, SPEND SOME TIME PRAYING THROUGH THE FOLLOWING POINTS:

// Ask the Lord to increase your desire to read His Word. Ask for understanding as you read each week in preparation to hear the sermon and discuss the passage with your family and Community Group. The Exodus reading plan can be found on p. 16 of the Discussion Guide (Download here)

// Thank the Lord for giving us His Word and letting us know the story of Exodus. Thank Him for continuing His story through our stories. Ask God to open your eyes to the ways He draws us out to draw us in.

// Think about specific areas of sin and darkness God has drawn you out of. Praise Him for rescuing you. Ask for strength to confess sin and flee from any darkness in which you currently find yourself.

// Throughout our study, we will see many different attributes of God. Think of as many words as you can to describe God, and praise Him for who He is. For some examples, look at the “Attributes of God” list on p. 13 of the Discussion Guide.

// Pray that your group would have fruitful discussion each week and that, through the study of God’s Word, you will grow together and pursue Christ with all your hearts.

// Ask God to tune your heart to the Holy Spirit as He makes you aware of time, moments and milestones to leverage for fruitful family discipleship throughout this study. Ideas for family discipleship are included each week alongside the group study questions.

// Pray for unity in our church as we walk through Exodus together. Ask the Lord to speak through Dustin and the other pastors who will preach each weekend and to sustain them through this long series. Thank the Lord for your gospel-centered community, and ask Him to help you hold one another accountable throughout this study.

1st Peter - Part 8

1st Peter - Part 8

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

MEMORY VERSE: 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

CONNECT:
• Have you ever been in a potentially dangerous situation without realizing it? What
happened?
• Our most valuable treasure in life is our spiritual well being, which Satan is continually
seeking to destroy. Can you think of any current or potential dangers to your
spiritual life?
 

FOCUS:
Read 1 Peter 5:1-14 as a group. Keep your Bibles open to the passage so you can refer
to it through the evening.

REFLECT:
• Reflect on verses 1-5. What thoughts does this passage bring to mind?
• Who is Peter addressing in verses 1-4? Do you think those things apply only to
leaders of the Church? Who is he addressing in verse 5? What are the
responsibilities of both parties?
• In what ways can you be an example to those who look up to you or over those to
whom you have influence?
• Reflect on verses 6-9, what four things does Peter tell the church to do? What is the
reason / result of each action?
• Read verse 10. After suffering who does the work? What does it mean to be
confirmed, restored, strengthened and established? How could this actually play
out in your life?
• Peter closes in verse 12 by saying that he has written to exhort (encourage) us, to
declare the true grace of God, and to challenge us to stand firm in it. How have
you been challenged and encouraged by this book?
 

APPLY:
• What truth reveled in the passage do you need to take with you this week?
• What must you do about it?
• How can we help you do it?
• Do you want someone to help you stay accountable with this application?
 

CLOSE:
What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you?
How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

1st Peter - Part 7

1st Peter - Part 7

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

MEMORY VERSE: 1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

CONNECT:
• What is the most physical pain you have ever been in?
• How did you handle that pain and what did you learn from it?

FOCUS:
Read 1 Peter 4:12-19 as a group. Keep your Bibles open to the passage so you can
refer to it through the evening.

REFLECT:
• Suffering for Christ is almost always painful. Have you ever had to endure physical or
emotional pain for your relationship with Christ?
• What was the main message of the writers of the New Testament to Christians
regarding suffering? Read 2 Timothy 3:12, 1 John 3:13, and John 15:18-20.
• In verse 12 Peter explains not to be surprised by trials when they come. Why does it
appear that trials are almost guaranteed for a Christian? Read James 1:2-4
• How do these passages contradict the “prosperity Gospel” and what do they teach us
about faith in God?
• What does Peter say about suffering in verses 14-15? Is all suffering the same? What
is the difference between suffering for Christ and suffering because of our own
sin or lack of judgement? Have you ever experienced someone who is suffering
from their sin trying to claim that it is because of “persecution?” How do we
discern the difference?
• In what ways could “true” suffering for Christ cause shame? Why shouldn’t it?
• When we have “completely entrusted our souls to God” is there anything to fear?
What kind of confidence should this give us to live our lives boldly for Christ?
 

APPLY:
• What truth reveled in the passage do you need to take with you this week?
• What must you do about it?
• How can we help you do it?
• Do you want someone to help you stay accountable with this application?
 

CLOSE:
What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you?
How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

1st Peter - Part 6

1st Peter - Part 6

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

MEMORY VERSE: 1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

CONNECT:
• Most of our “habits” are formed at a very early age, have you ever had a habit that
you have changed or started in your life?
• Did you notice any immediate change in your life when you became a Christian?
Focus:
Read 1 Peter 4:1-11 as a group. Keep your Bibles open to the passage so you can refer
to it through the evening.

REFLECT:
• What do you observe to be the overall “theme” of this passage?
• Reflect on verses 1-2. What thoughts does this passage bring to mind?
• What does Peter mean when he says “since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm
yourselves with the same way of thinking”?
• Reflect on verses 4-5, it describes that the life changes associated with following
Christ can lead to surprise or difficulty with those who knew us in our pre-
Christian days. Have you ever experienced anything like this? What perspective
does Peter share in verse 5?
• Reflect on verses 7-11. List the characteristics that Peter describes as keys to having
good relationships with others. Which one of these are you strongest at, which
one are you weakest at?
• How do you define Biblical hospitality? List 1 practical way you can show hospitality
without grumbling or complaining.
• Verses 10-11 describe using our spiritual gifts to serve others. How can / are you
using your spiritual gifts for God?
 

APPLY:
• What truth reveled in the passage do you need to take with you this week?
• What must you do about it?
• How can we help you do it?
• Do you want someone to help you stay accountable with this application?

CLOSE:
What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you?
How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?