Another month is coming to a close. New choices and possibilities lie ahead as we enter into October. Hebrews Chapter 3 highlighted and repeated specific choices each of us should make as we journey with the Lord. Each of us are called to believe. “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” (Heb 3:7 and 3:15). Hear Jesus’s voice today. Listen, obey, act and “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today…” (Heb 3:13). This choice will give the believer rest even in the middle of a storm. The end of Chapter 3 refers to Deuteronomy 1:34-36 which is our passage today. Although God promised to be faithful to His people, God’s people chose to harden their hearts. In today’s passage we see the penalty for this rebellion: wandering. Are you choosing to wander or choosing to listen to Jesus calling you to repent 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.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to be reminded of our shared vision- We are abiding in Christ that we might experience Gospel Transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ Ask… What are you/we thankful to the Lord for? (e.g., how is he working in our community group or the lives of someone we are walking with to discover the gospel?)
+ What is one need in this circle/our Community Group and how can we meet it together?
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 [ Deuteronomy 1:34-36 ] 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)
30 The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31 and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ 32 Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the Lord your God, 33 who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night and in the cloud by day, to show you by what way you should go.
+ How did God show his faithfulness to his people in verse 30-31?
+ How has God similarly shown his faithfulness to you specifically?
+ How does rehearsing God’s faithfulness aid in finding His peace and rest?
The Penalty for Israel's Rebellion
34 “And the Lord heard your words and was angered, and he swore, 35 ‘Not one of these men of this evil generation shall see the good land that I swore to give to your fathers, 36 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and to his children I will give the land on which he has trodden, because he has wholly followed the Lord!’ 37 Even with me the Lord was angry on your account and said, ‘You also shall not go in there.
+ What words describe God’s response to the people’s unbelief in verse 34?
+ What action did the LORD choose to take as a response to their lack of trust in Him?
+ Who was allowed to enter God’s rest in verse 36? Why?
+ How could we emulate Caleb’s faith? What does it look like in your life to “wholly follow the Lord?
+ Why does the author of Hebrews remind the reader of this particular historical account in Chapter 3?
+ How does wholly following the Lord lead into the Sabbath-Rest of Chapter 4?
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)