By Leigh Mackenzie
1. What “win” stories from this past week do you have about living out godliness?
2. What were your biggest challenges last week?
Ask three people—two readers and one reteller—to help.
Ask the two readers to each read Deuteronomy 30:4-6 in turn (possibly from different Bible versions) and then ask the group what they observe in the passage. What captured their attention? Then ask the same two readers to each read Deuteronomy 30:11-14, and once again ask for observations. Finally, ask the readers to each read Leviticus 26:40-42, and again ask for comments.
Ask the third person to summarize (not interpret) what all three passages are saying as a whole. (Don’t try to capture everything!) Take about 60 seconds for this part.
3. Let’s look more closely at the details:
– List what God says he will do for his people.
– What are the people’s responsibilities?
– In what ways does God offer his help and support?
4. What do you learn about God’s character from these passages?
5. What do you learn about the needs of people in general?
– What do you learn about your own needs as they relate to living for God?
6. What do these passages teach you about what it takes to obey God’s commands on a daily basis?
7. This week, with whom in your spheres of influence will you share the insights you’ve learned from this passage?
8. Based on these passages, complete this sentence: This week, I will . . .
9. What will be a challenge for you this week as you seek to love and obey the Lord?
For next week: Sometime this week, read and reflect on Job 2:11-13; 23:1-17 as we begin to study “Obscured Vision.” You can also read next week’s supplemental texts as well as the Study and Application sections as part of your personal study.