Going Deeper With The Sermon

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Mark Crumpler
Date: May 28, 2017
Title: Rescued From The Sheep
Text: Exodus 3:1-10

GROUPS GUIDE

Week of May 29, 2017

Text: Exodus 3:1-10
Title: Rescued From The Sheep

INTRODUCTION:

All of us, whether consciously or not, have a 'future story' that gives expression to our hopes and provides us with a sense of direction and well-being in life. A crisis occurs whenever out future story is threatened or shut down.

By the time he had reached the age of 80 the story of Moses life looked nothing like the future story he had once had as a child and as a much younger man. Moses had been raised as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He was a prince of Egypt. He knew the privileges of royalty, the comfort and security of having wealth. He had every reason to believe that those things would always be a part of his future story.

But at the age of forty the direction of his life changed forever. One mistake. One decision. One careless and anger driven moment changed his life. He killed and Egyptian task master who beating a Hebrew slave.

Moses became a fugitive. He wanted to put as much distance as he could between himself and his past. He wanted to distance himself from his mistake. He went to the land of Midian where he married one of the daughters of the local priest and took up the life of a shepherd.

He settled into a story that he never imagined. And that's where he was, when at the age of 80, God found him and changed his future story yet again.

SCRIPTURE: 

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.

3 So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight-why the bush does not burn up."

4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am."

5 "Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."

6 Then he said, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

7 The Lord said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of flowing with milk and honey . . .

10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt." [1] 

[1] The Holy Bible: New International Version . (1984). (Ex 3:1-10). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION:

1   Have you lived through an experience or season of life that somehow threatened your future story? 

2. Go back and read Exodus 2:11-15. What did this event do to Moses' future story?

3.  In Exodus 3:1-10 can you identify God's future story for Moses? How did Moses respond?

4. Review the events surrounding Moses birth and early life in Exodus 2. How did those events become significant in God's call to Moses in Exodus 3?

5.  God invites us to join his mission of rescue in the world. What excuses keep us from being a part of this story?

PRAYER

Gracious God, our times and our lives are in your hands. By your grace you invite us into a story greater than anything we could write for ourselves. Thank you for using every experience of our lives to prepare us for your call. Use us in your story according to your will, we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.