Posts Tagged ‘Exodus’

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Introduction: Recap last week, set the stage for this week.

Purpose: To look at how God reveals himself in the first four chapters of Exodus. To show that God is far greater than our minds can comprehend and to combat the desire that we have to fit God into a neat box.

 Big Idea: We need God more than we need anything else.

Main Points:

God needs nothing.

We desperately need God.

God’s greatest gift to us is himself.

Read Exodus 3:11-22

  • Moses is still speaking to God at the burning bush
  • God has just told Moses that God he his going to send Moses to Egypt to free the Israelites
  • Moses responds to God with 5 questions – we will look at the first two: Who am I? and Who are you?
  • God responds by giving Moses a promise, and telling Moses who he is, and he reminds Moses of his promises to the Israelites.
  • God gives his proper name to Moses along with a description of that name.
  • Were going to work our way backwards to look at Moses’ second question first and God’s answer and then we will look at Moses’ first question and God’s answer.

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An Unexpected Meeting

Opening Activity: Dancing Videos from Thanksgiving

Background:

  • We are in a series titled “Out of the Box and Into the Fire.” In this series we are looking at the beginning of Exodus. The series is titled as such because the primary event of the part of Exodus that we are looking at is Moses encounter at the burning bush. I also gave the series this title for two other reasons: #1 We can’t control God and #2 God is in many respects mysterious to us.
  • Two weeks ago we looked at Exodus chapter 1 and talked about how God rules over the good and the bad. We talked specifically about God’s sovereignty and how even though we may not always know why things happen in our life, we can know who is allowing those things to happen and can trust him in the midst of any of life’s circumstances.
  • Last week we looked at Exodus chapter 2 and talked about how God is unchanging in who he is, his plans and purposes for us, and his promises to us. We looked at how Moses’ failure does not cause God to cast him aside and look for a new person to work through and we ended by talking about how prayer moves on unchanging God to change things.
  • This week we come to one of the most well-known parts of the Bible – the account of Moses and the burning bush. In this account we see how God still plans to use Moses to save the Israelites and his purpose for Moses is simply that Moses will obey and trust God. We also see how God is responding to the prayers of the Israelites. Since we have already covered these parts of the story in the previous weeks, we will look new character of God this passage reveals: His holiness

Purpose: To look at how God reveals himself in the first four chapters of Exodus. To show that God is far greater than our minds can comprehend and to combat the desire that we have to fit God into a neat box.

Big Idea: Encountering God alters our lives.

Main Points:

  • The mundane parts of our lives are not wasted
  • God is separate from this world… and yet he acts in this world
  • Encountering a holy God changes us

Read Exodus 3:1-10 (more…)

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Series Explanation:

  • 3 Reasons for the Title
    • 1) Scripture – We are looking at Exodus 1-4 – primarily the events at the burning bush
    • 2) We can control what’s in a box fairly easily. We cannot control fire very easily.
    • 3) Fire is mysterious. We know what we need to start and fire and we know the chemical reactions that cause fire – but it is still mysterious
  • Scripture – Out of the Box and Into the Fire is a series in which we are going to look at the first four chapters of Exodus, specifically the events surrounding the burning bush. We have historically named this story, “Moses and the Burning Bush.” This describes the event well, but it doesn’t really tell us what story is about. The story is not primarily about Moses or the bush, rather, it is about God calling Moses to save the Israelites AND revealing himself in some amazing ways.
  • Control: We are not able to control God. We cannot fit him neatly in a box of propositions and say that we know him. A god who is wrapped up in a box is an idol, not God.
  • Mystery – Out of the Box and Into the Fire is a series that is meant to look at how God is bigger then we can comprehend or imagine. We can know him through the Bible and what it tells us about him, but we can never fully know him, or even fully comprehend all that he tells us about himself through the Bible.
  • E. In some ways it is like looking into a night sky. We can comprehend something of the universe we live in. We can see stars, a moon, and massive blackness.   We understand that the universe is much bigger than we can fully understand. Yet we love to look into the sky and imagine where it ends. Even if we a cosmologist and study the universe in great detail, there will still be a limit to our understanding.

Lesson #1: The God who Rules

Purpose: To look at how God reveals himself in the first four chapters of Exodus. To show that God is far greater than our minds can comprehend and to combat the desire that we have to fit God into a neat box.

Big Idea: God rules over all that happens in this world…even if we can’t see it.

Passage: Exodus 1

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