Happy Monday Morning from California (Katie and I are out here for a wedding).  Today we begin our summer journey through the book of Exodus.  This week we will be studying the first couple of chapters in our daily devotions, discussing them in our groups and this Sunday I will be beginning our new series!  If you have never studied the epic narrative of Exodus, it is an incredible read.  Our team's desire, for us as a church, is that we would learn and grow through this book over the next couple of months.  
Grace + Peace,  Joey  

CONNECT- Have you ever found yourself in bondage to someone or something?  What was that experience like?  Of those you are walking with, are any struggling with being held captive in any way?  

PRAY- Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.

DISCOVER  [Exodus 1.1-14] These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt. 6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. 8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. 10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” 11 So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.

+ WHAT is this passage saying and What do we learn?
_  The Hebrew name for the book of Exodus is "Names" that comes from the first few verses- why do you think the Lord inspired Moses to include this at the beginning? 
_ In vs. 6-7what happened to the people of Israel?
_ In vs. 8-10 wha was the king that didn't know Joseph fearful of? 
_ In vs. 11 what did the King do to the people of Israel? 
_ In vs. 12 what is the result of the oppression of the people? 
_ In vs. 13-14 what are some of the synonymously repeated words that describes the state of the people of Israel?
_ Who is responsible for the nation of Israel being treated so brutally? 
_ Who do you identify with at the beginning of this narrative? (Israel enslaved, a fearful king, a harsh task master?    

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond with a simple step of action?  (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs)

+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)