Week 1 | Numbers Part 1

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Reading plan: Numbers 20

In our walk through the bible, we have just reached the 4th book of the bible which is called Numbers. The book of Numbers begins as Israel ends their 1 year stay at Mt.Sinai (the place where God gave them the 10 commandments, where the tabernacle was built - and where sacrifices like the ‘Day of Atonement’ happened) All of these actions opened up a ‘new way’ to live with God. 

The book is a travelogue of Israel’s journey through the wilderness. A journey which should have only taken 2 weeks on foot.. but 37 years have passed by. Why?  Num. 13,14 tells us that when Israel arrived for the 1st time on the doorstep of the Promised Land, they sent out spies to check out the land .. only to have 10 of the 12 spies come back and say ‘forget it, they are too big/ too many/ it is too dangerous’ > and the people voted to not go any farther. They said to Moses ‘If only we had died in Egypt! Or in the wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword..we should choose a leader and go back to Egypt’ (Num.14:2-4) … Sadly, God honours their choice and says ‘after all I have done for you/ all the miracles you have seen me do .. if you would rather die in the wilderness .. be my guest - ‘not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but disobeyed  and tested me ten times.. not one of you will ever see the land I promised” (Num. 14:22:25).   So, we pick up the story .. 37 years after they were at Mt.Sinai. And for all but a couple very senior members .. only thechildren of those former slaves (who left Israel) .. are now alive.

Small Group Questions:

  1. In Num. 20:1-2 Israel is looking back and ‘re-writing’ their history. Have you ever experienced people doing that? Have you? Why do we do this?

  2. The Leader… Num. 20:2-5 gives you a glimpse into the relationship that Moses had with God, as he meets with God in his ‘tent of Meetings’. What can we learn from this? How can we make this experience a little more of our personal experience?

  3. Num. 6-12  Why did Moses respond this way? Do you have any suggestions what he should have done differently ‘in his life’ so he could have responded differently?

  4. The People …Num 21: 4-6   Why did they grumble so much? Is grumbling just ‘a part of being human’? If not, how should we live differently?

  5. Compare Num. 21:8,9 with what Jesus says about himself in Jn 3:14-16, what does it say about how we should respond to him?

Week 2 | Numbers Part 2
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Reading Plan: Numbers 21

Every so often you run into a scripture passage which makes you smile because ..  it is just ‘a crazy story’ . You can almost see the author of the story smiling as he wrote it down, because he knew it would make us laugh and surprise us when we realized the amazing truths placed within the story. This story is found in the book of Numbers and happens as Israel is about to pass through Moab as they make their second attempt to enter the Promised Land. The King of Moab want to pay a ‘Sorcerer for Hire’ to cure Israel … Read the story that is found in Num. 22-24.. and together have fun answering the following questions.

Small Group Questions
1. What is the strangest part of the story … and why did you find it so amazing?

2. Why did God use a ‘talking donkey’ in this story? Was that the most surprising event in the story?

3. How many places do you find God at work in this story? 

4. Did you notice that while all the intrege is going on .. while Israel didn’t have an idea what was happening behind the scenes, God was very much at work on their behalf. When have you realized in retrospect that God had been very involved in your life, even when you hadn’t realized it? Where do you need God to be at work in your life today?

Week 3 |Deuteronomy Part 1

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Reading Plan: Deuteronomy 1-2, Numbers 13-14

Deuteronomy is a collection of messages from Moses to a new generation of Israelites who will move into the promised land God has provided for them. This week we explore the Shema, one of Moses’ most famous messages to the people of Israel.

Small Group Questions:

1. Has your church experience given you an opportunity to connect with people from different generations? Do you wish you had more opportunity to connect with people from different generations? Why? Why not?

2. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Which verses stand out to you? Which verses challenge you?

3. Take a moment to discuss the link between loving God and obeying his commands.

4. Consider the following questions and then discuss your answers with your group.

- Can you identify at least one person from a different generation you have influence with?

- Is there something you could do to help that person more clearly see their place in God’s story?

- Without adding to your calendar, is there a way you could utilize your current rhythm of life to impact that person?

5. Take a moment to discuss the following sentence. A "growing with" church creates opportunity for a mutual journey of intentional growth for both ourselves and others that trusts God to transform us all.

Week 4 | Deuteronomy Part 2

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Reading plan: Deuteronomy 26-28?

Small Group Questions: To be posted