Welcome to week two of our series on first fruits. I am so grateful that in the New Year you have continued to journey with us through Scripture. I pray that we would all learn something new and be challenged by this series. Today we are looking again at Deuteronomy and our response in offering first fruits. - Mallory
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- What did you learn from last week’s Deuteronomy reading?
- What does “first fruits” mean to you right now?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Lord thank you for the many blessings that You have given to us. Today we pray that we recognize what has been given to us. Help us to be grateful, help us to respond with thanksgiving. Lord, today we want to hear from You. Grant us understanding as we study Scripture. We love you, Lord. Amen.
DISCOVER [Deuteronomy 26:5-10]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
5 “And you shall make response before the Lord your God, ‘A wandering Aramean was my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. 6 And the Egyptians treated us harshly and humiliated us and laid on us hard labor. 7 Then we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. 8 And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders. 9 And he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O Lord, have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the Lord your God and worship before the Lord your God.
- What is meant by “and you shall make a response before the Lord your God”? (v.5)
- What part of history is being referenced?
- What do we learn about God’s character in these verses (and in recounting the story they are summarizing)?
- What was the response to being brought to the land “flowing with milk and honey”?
- What aspect of worship are we seeing modeled? (v.10)
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
- In verse 10 we see first fruits being offered in response to God’s blessing. How are we called to live this out in our own lives?
- What are potential “first fruits” in our own lives? How do we know?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?