What is Moses trying to remind you and the rest of Israel of?
God protected and blessed the Israelites even when they were in rebellion. Looking back, when was there a time when you were not following God yet he continued to bless you? Is there any part of the blessings that God gives Israel through Balaam that you find particularly beautiful, rich, or interesting? Take a moment to meditate on this scripture and express your love to God in prayer together. As followers of Jesus, how have you allowed the Spirit to lead you this week? When the spies saw the Promised Land they feared for their lives and wanted to return to captivity in Egypt.
How can fear tempt us to return to what God has saved us from? While God remains faithful to his people and his promises he will honor your choices and let you live in rebellion if you choose it. Take a moment in listening prayer to ask to God how you may be misaligned with the way of Jesus. Can anyone offer a one-sentence summary of Leviticus?
Why did he work so hard to keep and record and pass along this text? If you try to imagine being a part of Israel at this time, how would you have responded to some of these commands? Do you think you would have obeyed? Would you have loved them or hated them?
Can you relate to their experience? How has your trust in God been challenged? Note: In discussing these together, try to balance helping each other wrestle with difficult texts along with becoming comfortable with discomfort and imperfect understanding. Keep reading. What practical steps can we take to remain holy? The people of God have a terrible pattern of sin and self-destruction. In what ways can you identify with this pattern in your life? Unlike the people of God in Exodus, we now have direct access to the presence of God because of the work of Jesus on the cross. In what ways can we help each other to embrace this new reality?
God continues to be faithful to his promise to Abraham Gen 12v and make the people of God a blessing to the nations. In what ways can we be a blessing to our city and the nations? Moses, a man who seems to have trouble with anger and doubt, is called by God to be the deliverer of Israel. In what ways do you relate as an imperfect person who is called by God? At this point in the story, Israel is enslaved and God appears to be absent. Just as God freed his people from slavery in Egypt, Jesus has set you free. In what ways have you experienced this freedom? Genesis begins with the people of God living with him in the garden, but ends with the death of Joseph and the people of God facing slavery in Egypt.
What do you think you, as a reader, are meant to be feeling? To Abraham, God made an unconditional promise to make the world right and good again.
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What hope does this promise to Abraham give for you and your community? Discussion Questions We encourage everybody to discuss Biblical Literacy with their communities. Sep 11 — 17 Mark 11 — 16 John 1 — 8 Psalm — How have you experienced Jesus so far in these stories?
What have you discover about who Jesus is? Sept 4 — 10 Matthew 25 — 28, Mark 1 — 10 Psalm 93 — Aug 28 — Sep 3 Matthew 11 — 24 Psalm 86 — What practical steps can you take to become more like Jesus?
Aug 21 — 27 2 Chr. Aug 14 — 20 2 Chronicles 5 — 31 Psalm 72 — What have you learned from the Old Testament? How would you describe the posture of God towards Israel? Of Israel towards God? What is God promising Israel?
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What is God requiring of them? How does hearing the context for Daniel help in your understanding of Ezra and Nehemiah? Jul 24 — 30 Nehemiah 10 — Esther 10 Daniel 1 — 9 Psalm 51 — What strikes you about the tone of Ezekiel compared with the tone of Ezekiel ?
July 10 — 16 Ezekiel 22 — 44 Psalm 37 — July 3 — 9 Lam 4 — Ezekiel 21 Psalm 30 — What does the idea of lamenting mean to you? Jun 26 — Jul 2 Jeremiah 37 — Lam 3 Psalm 23 — Jun 19 — 25 Jeremiah 10 — 36 Psalm 16 — When you read Ecclesiastes, do you find its nihilism depressing, strangely comforting, or both? Jun 5 — 11 Proverbs 13 — Ecclesiastes 4 Psalm 2 — 8. Can we love God for God, and not for all his blessings? What about when the blessings go away? Does the story of Job bring comfort and relief? May 22 — 28 Job 12 — 37 Psalm — How do you think Job must have been feeling?
What does the book of Job tell us about God? What does the book of Job tell us about Satan? May 15 — 21 Micah 5 — Zephaniah 3 Job 1 — 11 Psalm — May 8 — 14 Hosea 11 — Micah 4 Psalm — Read Hosea What does this chapter show you about the fatherly heart of God over Israel? May 1 — 7 Isaiah 52 — 66 Hosea 1 — 10 Psalm v97 — Apr 24 — 30 Isaiah 28 — 51 Psalm — v Apr 17 — 23 2 Kings 23 Isaiah 1 — 27 Psalm — Apr 10 — 16 2 Kings 1 — 22 Psalm — How do you relate to this idea of being sinful but ever in pursuit of holiness?
Mar 27 — Apr 2 2 Samuel 1 — 24 Psalm 87 — Mar 20 — 26 1 Samuel 9 — 31 Psalm 80 — Mar 13 — 19 Judges 9 — 1 Samuel 8 Psalm 73 — Mar 6 — 12 Joshua 5 — Judges 8 Psalm 66 — Feb 28 — Mar 5 Deu 17 — Joshua 4 Psalm 59 — Feb 21 — 27 Numbers 35 — Deu 16 Psalm 52 — How would you summarize Numbers in a sentence or two? Feb 14 — 20 Numbers 17 — 34 Psalm 45 — Feb 7 — 13 Leviticus 24 — Numbers 16 Psalm 38 — Jan 31 — Feb 6 Leviticus 5 — 23 Psalm 31 — January 24 — 30 Exodus 22 — Leviticus 4 Psalm 24 — January 17 — 23 Exodus 1 — 21 Psalm 17 — Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Genesis ; Exodus ; 1 Samuel ,; Isaiah ; Jeremiah ff.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes.
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In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. Matthew ; ; Acts ,47; ; ; ; ,27; ; ; ; Romans ; 1 Corinthians ; ; ; ; ; 12; Ephesians ; ; ,21; ; Philippians ; Colossians ; 1 Timothy ; ; ; Hebrews ; 1 Peter ; Revelation ; Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. Matthew ; ; ; Mark ; ; Luke ; ; John ; Acts ; ; ; ; Romans ; 1 Corinthians ,21; ; Colossians The first day of the week is the Lord's Day.
It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities on the Lord's Day should be commensurate with the Christian's conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Exodus ; Matthew ; ff. The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ.
Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God's will be done on earth.
The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age. Genesis ; Isaiah ; Jeremiah ; Matthew ; ,23; ; ; ; ; Mark ; ; Luke ; ; ; ; ; ; John ; ; Acts ; ; Romans ; ; 1 Corinthians ; Colossians ; Hebrews ,16; ; 1 Peter ; ; Revelation ,9; ; ; God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.
The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord. Isaiah ; ; Matthew ; ; ; ,30,36,44; ; ; Mark ; ; Luke ,48; ; ; ; John ; Acts ; ; Romans ; 1 Corinthians ; ,; 2 Corinthians ; Philippians ; Colossians ; ; 1 Thessalonians ; ff.