The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
VISION + STORIES- Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
_ What is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ Leviticus 2:1-10 ]
“When anyone brings a grain offering as an offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. He shall pour oil on it and put frankincense on it 2 and bring it to Aaron's sons the priests. And he shall take from it a handful of the fine flour and oil, with all of its frankincense, and the priest shall burn this as its memorial portion on the altar, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 3 But the rest of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the Lord's food offerings. 4 “When you bring a grain offering baked in the oven as an offering, it shall be unleavened loaves of fine flour mixed with oil or unleavened wafers smeared with oil. 5 And if your offering is a grain offering baked on a griddle, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mixed with oil. 6 You shall break it in pieces and pour oil on it; it is a grain offering.
_ What does the Lord command to be offered in V.1? What characteristic is given to it?
_What does the Lord command to be added to the offering in V.2?
_How is the offering split up in V.3? What characteristic does the Lord give the split portion?
_What should the Israelite be reminded of when the Lord commands the grain to be unleavened?
Use as reference: Exodus 12:15-18, Exodus 16
7 And if your offering is a grain offering cooked in a pan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil. 8 And you shall bring the grain offering that is made of these things to the Lord, and when it is presented to the priest, he shall bring it to the altar. 9 And the priest shall take from the grain offering its memorial portion and burn this on the altar, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 10 But the rest of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the Lord's food offerings.
_Where is the food offering brought to, by the priests? V.8
_What is done to the grain offering? V.9
_How does the Lord react to the offering in V.9? Why would the Lord react that way?
_How would this act of offering point to an act of worship?
_How does this act of worship point to Jesus Christ?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_What do you offer to the Lord? How do you view your offerings to the Lord? Why do you offer to the Lord?
_How does Jesus, who offered himself to the Father, bearing punishment for sin on behalf of us, compel and free you to take an act of obedience in offering, whether it be your time, resources, or abilities?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)
STUDY GUIDE ( ESV Study Bible - www.esv.org )
_ Lev. 2:1–16 The grain offering (see also 6:14–23) would ordinarily be offered with a burnt or peace offering. It probably served the same purpose as the offering it accompanied.
_ Lev. 2:1–3 The priest was to burn a handful of the offering as a memorial portion to the Lord (v. 2). The Israelites were asking the Lord to “remember” them with favor as they made their request or offered their praise.