Life Changing Decisions. Sun 18th June

Life Group Notes

Moving On

Lessons from the Life of Moses

TITLE & PASSAGE: “Life Changing Decisions”. Numbers 13-14

Remember the Main Points:

Before we make decisions that may affect the next generation stop & ask the following questions:

· WHAT? What am I focusing on? Giants or Grapes Numbers 13: 26-33

· WHERE? Where am I heading? Backwards or Forwards Numbers 14: 1-4

· WHO? Who am I listening to? Fearful or Faithful Numbers 14: 5-11

Develop the Teaching: Choose one or more of the following.

  • Can you think of people in the Bible who made decisions that changed the direction of their lives?
  • Which decisions have you made that changed the direction of your life?
  • When considering a major decision do you tend to see the problems or the possibilities?
  • When making a major decision are you someone who likes to play it safe or take risks?
  • When making a major decision whose advice do you seek?
  • According to Numbers 14:6-9 what was the basis of Joshua & Caleb’s confidence?

Personal Application:

· Pray for those in the Life Group who are currently facing Life Changing decisions.

· Pray for CFM as we move into a time of transition.

o For Cristi as he prepares to take over as Lead Minister in September

o For Andy & Tina as they move from CFM on 9th July

o For Allan & Sue as they finish at CFM on the 20th August

Moses- Moving On. Numbers 13-14.pdf

MEEKNESS

CFM LIFEGROUPS
DISCUSSION NOTES

Think: remembering the main points

· Aaron – what Meekness isn’t (Weakness)

· Miriam – the opposite of Meekness (Pride)

· Moses – what Meekness is (Strength in Submission)

· Our Greater Moses (Jesus) – How we become Meek

Talk: questions that stimulate application

• What comes into your mind when you hear the word ‘Meek’?

AARON (Meekness is not weakness)

Bible Scholars show evidence to suggest that Mirjam was the ring leader and Aaron the follower in their rebellion against Moses (this is why Mirjam was judged and not Aaron). Like in Exodus 32 Aaron showed that he was a weak man who was easily led into sin.

• What evidence in the Bible is there to suggest that meekness is not weakness?

• What sorts of things might we need to say no to as Christians? (Titus 2:12)

• Consider Paul’s encouragement to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7

MIRIAM (The opposite of meekness is pride)

The real issue in v1-2 seems to be Miriam’s pride rather than Moses’ wife. She seemed to speak against Moses because she was envious of the position he had.

• What is pride? You may want to think of examples or consider the following quotes; “Pride, is the ruthless, sleepless, unsmiling concentration upon self” (C.S. Lewis) or put more simply “pride is absorption in self” (Tim Keller)

• What did Miriam’s pride blind her from?

• Miriam used the issue with Moses’ wife as a smokescreen for her pride. What are ways that we can mask our pride?

MOSES (What meekness is)

Bible dictionaries give the following definitions for meekness: “power under control” “strength in submission” “gentleness”. The main word used in the Bible for Meekness was used of a wild animal that had been tamed and was submissive to its master. This can only happen when we are not absorbed in ourselves.

• In v7 it says that Moses was “faithful in all God’s house”, what do you think that means?

• How did Moses respond to Mirjam and Aaron? How can we respond with gentleness to people who speak against us?

JESUS Our Greater Moses (How we become Meek)

Why is it ineffective to work on pride/becoming meek directly (ourselves)?

• How can encountering what Jesus did for us cause our hearts to turn from themselves?

• What does it mean that meekness is in the “fruit of the Spirit”?

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A Spirit Filled Life

Text: Acts 2:1-4 “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit”

Topic: “A Spirit Filled Life” Ephesians 5:1-21

Think: Remembering the main points

• It is Essential. Ephesians 5:17-18

• It is Desirable Ephesians 5: 19-21

• It is Available Acts 2:17-21 & 38-39 John 7:37

Talk: Questions that stimulate application

• When did you first become aware of the Holy Spirit?

• How did the believers at Ephesus hear about the Holy Spirit? Read Acts 19:1-6

• What did Paul believe the Holy Spirit had already done for the Ephesians? Ephesians 1:13-14 & 4:29-32

• How do you think a person will know if they are full of the Holy Spirit?

• What did Paul see was the evidence or overflow of a Spirit Filled Life? Ephesians 5:19-21 [Worshipful Words, Thankful Attitudes & Respectful Relationships]

Task: actions speak louder than words

• Read Acts 2:17-21. What has God promised to do in the Last Days?

• Read Acts 2:38-39 Have you claimed what God promised to all who call?

• Read John 7: 37-39 Are you willing to come to Christ Jesus, drink & experience an overflow?

• Ask for a fresh filling of God’s Spirit & expect the Life Group to become a place where there is a refreshing overflow.

LG Whit Sunday 17.pdf

Up Close & Personal

Think: remembering the main points
• Up Close & Personal – Exodus 33 & 34
• Explain context & Read passage
1. Hungry for Intimacy: 33:18-23; 34:28
2. Evidence of Intimacy: 34:29-35

Talk: questions that stimulate application
• What did you think and feel after the tragedy in Manchester?
• As a Christ-follower, how did you respond?
• Was there anything that stayed with you after the sermon on Sunday?
• Why was Moses still hungry for God’s glory after all the experiences he had?
• What did Moses DO to fulfil his desire for intimacy with God?
• In what ways did Moses’ intimacy with God impact those around him?
• What could have stopped Moses from drawing nearer to God?
• Who/what can teach us about intimacy with God? (Bible characters/stories)

Task: actions speak louder than words
• Discuss Cristi’s statement: ‘Stop asking for more of Him and instead offer Him more of you.’
• Think of 3 practical ways / means of grace that can be useful in developing a greater intimacy with God in our lives.
• Pray for one another as a group that God will develop an atmosphere that spurs one another towards greater intimacy with God.

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Up Close & Personal.pdf

Meltdown

Think: remembering the main points
• Meltdown – Exodus 32
• Causes of Compromise: impatience, peer pressure
• Cost of Compromise: debauchery, God betrayed, Moses hurt
• Comeback from Compromise: chance to chose, Christ: Hebrews 13:11f

Talk: questions that stimulate application
• Read the passage, what impressed or intrigued you?
• Do you have any big regrets in life?
• What do you struggle with most: impatience or peer-pressure?
• Can you think of other Biblical examples of mistakes because of these two issues?
• What positives and negatives can we learn from Moses reaction?
• Why are the consequences of sin so serious?
• How does Jesus’s sacrifice affect our compromise?

Task: actions speak louder than words
• Play ‘Thank You for Saving Me’ and take time in quietness to bring all your compromises to the Cross, receiving forgiveness.
• Identify one area where you feel most tempted to compromise, share it in 3’s and pray for one another.

​PDF File >>>​

Meltdown.pdf

What is so Remarkable about Sinai

TITLE & PASSAGE:
“What is so Remarkable about Sinai”. Exodus 19 & 20

Remember the Main Points:
• Exodus 19:1-20 A Remarkable Offer: Make a Covenant with God
• Exodus 20:1-20 A Remarkable Vision: Build a Community with God

Develop the Teaching: Choose one or more of the following.
Who are Covenant People? Read Exodus 19:3-6 & 1 Peter 2:9-10
• What should be the relationship between the Christians & the Children of Israel if our callings are so similar?
• Why do some say the church has replaced Israel in God’s strategy?
• Has God turned away from Israel? Romans 11:1 & 29
What are the 10 Commandments? Read Matthew 22:34-40
In what ways did Jesus develop the teaching of the 10 commandments?
• He reduced their number to two & expressed them positively as objectives not negative as rules.
• He explained that our neighbours may be a foreigner or a person in need. Luke 10:25-37
• He looked at the root causes not just the actions Matt 5:22 Anger; 5:28 Lust; 5:39 Turn the other cheek; 5:44 Love your enemies etc

Personal Application:
• In what ways should our calling to be a holy people & a Kingdom of Priests affect the way we live?
• In what ways can we declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his marvellous light? 1 Peter 2:9-10

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Moses- Moving On Ex 19-20.pdf

TEAM WORK

Think: remembering the main points

Team Work: Exodus 17:8-18:27

God’s purposes are fulfilled

· In Cooperation (As God works with us)

· In Community (As we work together)

Talk: questions that stimulate application

Having been delivered from Egypt, the Israelites were a walking testimony to the grace and power of God.

· Compare the different responses they got from the Amalekites and Jethro (the priest of Midian).

· In what ways can we be attacked as Christians and what do we learn from this passage about being victorious?

· What about our lives can draw others closer to God?

Up until this point God has worked for/on behalf of the Israelites (For example: in delivering them from Egypt and providing for them in the wilderness). In our passage that changes as God now seeks to work out his purposes through them.

· Discuss ways that God has worked for us as Christians, and ways that he wants to work through us.

· What do you think our passage teaches us about how God works through us?

· Why do we need the support of other Christians?

· In Chapter 18, why do you think Moses failed to delegate before Jethro’s advice? Can we learn anything from this?

· Noting parallels with the N.T. church (Acts 6:1-10; 1Tim 3:1-3) what can we learn from Jethro’s advice about leadership and church structure?

Task: actions speak louder than words

· Pray for each other in the battles that we face in life.

· Pray that in this time of transition that we would grow closer together and be more ready to partner in God’s purposes.

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