This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)
Three symbols were at the core of the Passover memorial. They sacrificed a lamb “without blemish,” its blood protected the Israelites from death, and eating the lamb was a way to set them apart as God’s people. How can the meanings of the Passover symbols of lamb, blood and eating add deeper meaning for you in your life as a Christian, including (but not limited to) the Lord’s Supper?
“Three times, too, the psalm speaks of what is true ‘all day long.’ Looking to the past, ‘my mouth is full of your praise, of your glory all day long.’ In the future in light of the way God will continue to protect and rescue, ‘my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness, your deliverance all day long’ and ‘my tongue will talk of your faithfulness all day long’ (no Old Testament passage talks more about God’s faithfulness).”* Pastor Hamilton advises using our five fingers to remember to pray at least five times a day.** How do you go about remembering to connect with God all day long?
Jeremiah linked the promise that God would “engrave” God’s instructions on our hearts (an echo of God engraving the 10 Commandments on stone tablets—cf. Exodus 31:18) with God mercifully forgiving and “never again remembering” our sins. Why would God’s mercy change the way a person lives? How has your gratitude for God’s forgiving mercy in Jesus moved you toward living as God wants you to live?
As he left this group of church leaders, Paul said, “I entrust you to God and the message of his grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all whom God has made holy” (verse 32). As he walked into an uncertain future, Paul saw those devoted Christian leaders as a key part of his legacy in the world. Who are some people you have been able to influence for good and would count as one part of the legacy you rejoice in giving the world?
* John Goldingay, Psalms for Everyone, Part 1: Psalms 1–72. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014, p. 222.
*** Hamilton, Adam. The Walk. Abingdon Press, 2019. Kindle Edition.
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