By Leigh Mackenzie
1. What challenges did you face this past week?
2. Over the last seven days, what impact on people around you did you make simply by living a holy life?
Ask three people—two readers and one reteller—to help.
Ask the two readers to each read Deuteronomy 4:29-40 in turn (possibly from different Bible versions) and then ask the group what they observe in the passage. What captured their attention? Repeat this process with Deuteronomy 26:17-19, and once again with Leviticus 20:26; 26:12, 13.
Ask the third person to take about one minute to summarize all three passages as a whole. (Don’t try to capture everything!)
3. After hearing all three of these passages together, what stands out to you most?
4. Let’s look at these passages in more detail:
- What reminders of what God has done for his people do you see?
- What promises from God do you see?
- What responses does God ask his people to make in return?
- What are God’s purposes for his promises and how we respond to him? (Hint, look for the phrase, “so that” [in the New International Version].)
5. What do you learn about God in these passages?
6. What do you learn about people, especially how God views us?
- What specific difference does it make in your life to be assured you are God’s treasured possession?
7. As you live as God’s treasured possession this week, what is one specific way you will seek to “walk in obedience”?
8. Think of your friends, family, and co-workers who are distressed or discouraged and need to know this great love of God. With whom of those will you share this lesson this week?
9. Based on this passage and our discussion, complete this sentence: This week, I will . . .
10. What will be a challenge for you this week even as you live as a treasured possession of God?
For next week: Sometime this week, read and reflect on Deuteronomy 30:4-6, 11-14 and Leviticus 26:40-42 as we continue to look at being “Wholly His.” You can also read next week’s supplemental texts as well as the Study and Application sections as part of your own personal study.