By Leigh Mackenzie
1. In what specific ways over the last week did you testify to someone about the things Jesus has done in your life?
2. What are you most grateful for this week?
Ask three people—two readers and one reteller—to help.
Ask the two readers to each read Deuteronomy 10:12-22 in turn (possibly from different Bible versions) and then ask the group what they observe in the passage. What captured their attention? Next, ask the same two readers to each read Deuteronomy 7:6-9, and once again ask for observations. Repeat the process with Deuteronomy 4:5-9, and again with Leviticus 9:23, 24.
Ask the third person to summarize (not interpret) what all four of these passages are saying as a whole. (Don’t try to capture everything!)
3. What most stands out to you in these passages?
4. Let’s look closer at some of the details in these passages:
- What does God call his people to know and remember?
- What does God call people to do or change?
- What are some of the results when people follow God completely?
5. Go through the passages and list all the words or phrases used to describe God and what he has done. (Take your time on this and the next question. There’s a lot to process here!)
- Which ones are used most or stand out to you?
- What do these descriptions teach you about God?
6. Now list all the words or phrases that describe God’s people.
- How would you summarize what God thinks and how he feels about his people?
- What do you learn about yourself from these passages?
7. Look at the various ways God calls his people to obedience.
- Which one(s) do you struggle with the most, and why?
- Which will you seek, with God’s power, to obey this week?
8. What mission to surrounding nations, peoples, or groups did God give to his people in these passages?
- What people groups might God be calling you to love, serve, and tell about Jesus?
- What specifically might God be calling our group to do for them in his great name? How can we serve them?
9. Based on this passage and our discussion, complete this sentence: I [or we] will . . .
10. What challenge do you anticipate facing this week?
For Next Week: Read and reflect this week on Deuteronomy 28:9, 10; Leviticus 22:31-33; and Leviticus 19:1, 2, 9-18, as we continue our study about being “Wholly His.” You can also read next week’s supplemental Bible texts as well as the Study and Application sections as part of your own personal study.