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Rusty Wirt - January 31, 2016

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Discussion Questions

4.07

4.07 – The First Passover Meal

MAIN TEXT
Exodus 12:1-30

TALK IT OUT
1. Read Exodus 12:12, Exodus 20:1-3 and Joshua 24:14. What is the common theme of these passages? Very few people in our culture today worship literal idols as was practiced in the ancient world, but we have developed idols/gods of another kind. What are some of the things people tend to worship today?

2. Read Exodus 12:3-7,13. These verses tell us that God had a plan to rescue the Israelites from slavery to the Egyptians, but that it was going to cost the Israelites something. What was that cost?

3. Read Genesis 22:7-8. Although God would never have allowed Abraham to literally sacrifice Isaac, Abraham’s prophetic statement in verse 8 points toward God’s greater plan to rescue the human race from sin. Now read John 1:29 and John 3:16. According to these passages, how did God plan to rescue us?

4. Read 1 Peter 1:18-21 and Romans 8:31-32. What do these passages tell us about the depth of God’s love for us? In light of what He has done for us through Jesus, would you say God is worthy of our personal trust? Why or why not?

5. At the beginning of this week’s sermon, Pastor Rusty shared several examples of rescue stories. Tell about a situation in which you (or someone you know) was rescued. How did you feel while you were waiting to be rescued? How did you feel after you were rescued? How does this natural experience compare with the spiritual rescue Jesus carried out for you?

LIVE IT OUT
1. Take a few moments to think about the amazing love God displayed by sending Jesus to rescue us. Thank God for some specific things from which He has rescued you personally.

2. Do you find it difficult to trust God at times? What did you learn from this week’s sermon that could help increase your confidence in Him?

4.14

4.14 – Jesus’ Last Passover Meal

MAIN TEXT
Jeremiah 31:31-34, Matthew 26:26-28, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Revelation 5:11-13

TALK IT OUT
1. Read Jeremiah 31:31-34. During one of the darkest periods of Jewish history, while the people were living in exile in Babylon, God brought them a message of hope: He was going to make a new covenant with them. According to this passage, how was this new covenant going to be different from the old covenant?

2. Read Romans 5:6-10. Some people believe they have lived too bad of a life and made too many mistakes for God to ever care about them. How does that belief compare to what we read in these verses?

3. The Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation states that the elements of Communion actually become the body and blood of Jesus as He literally performs a new sacrifice for sins at every Mass. Read Hebrews 10:1-7,10-12,14. Would you say these verses support or refute this doctrine? Why?

4. Read Exodus 12:14,17 and 13:8-10. What are the Jewish people celebrating when they observe Passover every year? Read 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 and Colossians 1:13-14. What are followers of Jesus celebrating whenever they take Communion?

5. Read Ephesians 2:8-10 and Matthew 5:14-16. Although the Word of God is clear that we are not rescued because of our good works, our good works do serve a purpose. What is that purpose? Now read Romans 2:23-24. What happens when believers live in a hypocritical manner? Give a few examples of comments you have heard people make regarding Christians they perceive to be hypocrites.

LIVE IT OUT
1. When you take Communion, do you tend to just mindlessly partake of the elements out of habit or do you actually spend time remembering the sacrifice Jesus made and what it means to now be rescued from the weight of your sin?

2. How well would you say that your “walk” matches your “talk”? Are there any areas of your life that could be perceived as hypocritical by unbelievers? Take a few moments to ask God to help you identify those areas and help you make the appropriate changes.