Dream Big – Part 5 – Guard Yourself
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, February 3, 2019
There can be pitfalls when we lose sight of the goal when we dream big. Here’s a solid guide on how to blow it!
Life Group Study Guide
CONNECT: Stick with it…. What does that statement bring to mind? What do you find hard to stick with? What do you find valuable to stick with? How do you do it? Tell the group about it…
- Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
- One of the foundational truths of the Christian faith is that we find peace and acceptance with God through a faith-based relationship, not by following rules. At the same time, the Apostle Paul makes it clear that if we have a genuine relationship with God through faith in Christ, it will express itself through an even deeper desire to live according to God’s ways (Romans 6:1-18). How do you balance relationship and rules in your life?
- Read these three paragraphs in Exodus: 20:1-6; 24:4-11; 32:1-6. In this series of passages, we find God laying out his covenant offer to the people, their vow to obey (the sacrifices and blood were a way of saying, ‘may we become like these animals if we break this covenant!’), followed by their prompt desecration of the covenant. In spite of all they had seen firsthand of God’s miraculous power and his clear instructions to them, they blew it. Why do you think they could so easily turn their backs on the commitment they had just vowed?
- Read Exodus 32:17-24. What do you think was going on in Aaron’s heart that made him act and talk as he did? Under what circumstances are we tempted to do the same thing?
- In the remaining verses of Exodus 32, God brings judgement on his people and 3000 people die. Bible scholars argue that the amazing thing here is not that God judged some, but that God spared most when they were all guilty and deserving of punishment. We live in a culture that recoils from anything that smacks of judging or punishment. How would you help somebody understand God’s absolute right to judge and punish, and His amazing grace in being so patient with us?
- Ask yourself quietly: are there ways in your life right now that you know you are willfully acting in defiance of God’s teaching? What would it take to get you to correct it?
What is God saying from His Word? What are you/we going to do about it?