Posts Tagged ‘Moses’

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 Opening Activity: Youtube Videos

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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Unchanging God

Review and Refresh: We are in the second week of a series on Exodus 1-4. Last week we looked at Exodus 1 and we saw that God is sovereign. He rules over everything that happens in this world – the good and the bad and we saw how we can trust God in the midst of bad things even if we don’t know why those things are happening because God will use suffering and bad for our good. And we also saw how God consistently raises up delivers in the Old Testament – in this case Shiphrah and Puah – to help deliver his people from oppression. That deliverance doesn’t always come when or how we expect it to and in fact it may never come in this life time for certain sufferings – but we have the confidence that God has sent his final deliverer to save us from sin and ultimately to save us from its effects when we die or he returns. Tonight we are going to look at another deliver that God raises up in the Old Testament. Moses

Opening Activity: Three different previews from Moses’ life – Common theme – The story of Moses is mainly about Moses

Introduction: The story of Moses and the Exodus is an amazing story.. but it’s not a story primarily about Moses even though he is the main human character. It is a story primarily about God and who he is.

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 does not change in who he is, his purposes for us, and his promises to us.

Main Points:

God is a God who saves

God is unchanging in his purposes and plans for us… even when we fail.

Prayer moves an unchanging God to change things

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