Small Group Study, September 13th : Week 1

Ice Breaker:  Can you think of a time you were brave?                                                                                                                     Can you think of a time you “chickened out” that you wish you would have been brave?

Today’s study will come from the following passage:

Exodus 3:

 "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…..

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.”

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[c] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[d] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’

…..Exodus 4:

10 Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

… “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

a.      Moses was a Jew, raised in Egypt, so how, at 80 years old, is he living in Midian?

b.     God spoke to Moses out of a burning bush…..can you think of times that God has spoken to you?

                                                              i.      Through the Bible?

                                                            ii.      Through music?

                                                          iii.      Through preaching?

                                                          iv.      Through friends?

                                                            v.      Through prayer?

c.      The bush that God spoke to Moses out of was burning, but was not consumed.  In the Bible, fire refers to refining. How was God refined you without destroying you? Have there been tough lessons you’ve learned through hard times?  How has God prepared you without destroying you?  Are there things that were difficult you’ve had to deal with that have prepared you for what’s to come?

d.     God’s people at the time of Moses were in bondage.  How are there people today, right here in our city, who are in bondage? 

e.      God has uniquely gifted Southside Church to be a church where “the unreachable” meet God.  This is an honour, because Jesus came for the unreachable.  Discuss, in light of Matthew 9: 9-13.

f.        Moses asks God to send someone else, for two reasons:

                   i.      reputation:  The Jews saw Moses as a prima donna, the Egyptians as a murderer.  He was “slow of                   speech”.  What is your reputation?  What are the reason you might find to determine you CAN’T                       make a difference? 

            1.      If I told you that God is not concerned with your ability but your availability what would                         that mean in light of Philippians 4:13?

           2.      Is God bigger than your reputation?

           3.      Out of all the people God could have picked to negotiate the release of His people, He                           picked Moses, a man who scholars agree, most likely stuttered. Why would God pick                             Moses?

 ii.      temptation:  Moses probably would have PREFERRED to play it safe.

          1.      With the launching of this BOLD campaign, surely there is a temptation for all of us, to “play                 it safe”.  Can you find any examples from the Bible of how God encouraged His people to                      play it safe? 

         2.      When we do everything we can do, God will do what only He can do…..discuss in light of                      Joshua 1:9:

                                     "Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.