Living in peace sounds like a dream, one we long for each moment. Yet this wholeness is often found in places we least expect. Obedience! God has made a pattern that would point to His Son, Jesus. As we obey in God's strength, He loves to bless us in many ways. Be encouraged by His promises today.
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. At the end of this guide is a resource from www.esv.org to help with our study of Leviticus.
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 [ Leviticus 26:1-13 ] 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)
You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the Lord your God. 2 You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.
+ What does the Lord ask of His people in vs 1? Verse 2?
+ Why does God say His people should obey?
3 “If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, 4 then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
+ Notice the IF - THEN statement in verses 3-4. What does God promise?
5 Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely.
+ What does God promise if the people obey in verse 5?
6 I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land.
+ What does God promise if the people obey in verse 6?
7 You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. 8 Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
+ What does God promise if the people obey in verse 7-8?
9 I will turn to you and make you fruitful and multiply you and will confirm my covenant with you.
+ As God's people obey, God says He will "confirm my covenant with you." What does this promise mean to you today?
10 You shall eat old store long kept, and you shall clear out the old to make way for the new.
+ What old store are you hapoy to finish? What new thing is God doing in your life?
11 I will make my dwelling among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. 12 And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.
+ How is this promise different than the others? What are some examples of how God was faithful to keep this promise in the history of His people? How about in your life? How does this bring you peace?
13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.
+ God has rescued us and given us peace in Him and freedom. How does God expect us to walk in light of this Good News? How will you "walk erect" today?
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? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend 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. 26:1–46 Blessings and Curses. Covenant documents include a list of consequences. Verses 1–13 display the blessings if Israel obeys the covenant; vv. 14–39 pronounce curses for disobedience.
Lev. 26:1–2 Faithfulness to God and keeping the Sabbath are at the heart of Israelite law.
Lev. 26:3–13 If the Israelites are faithful to the Word of God, then they will be blessed with abundance, a visible sign of the Lord’s presence.