April 15th- April 20th Life Group Notes -

Destroying Myths about God

Exodus 33: 12-23, 34: 6-7

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Open in Prayer 
  • Welcome/Introductions/Cast Vision – Remind the Life Group of the Guidelines– See bottom of page.

  •  Doing the Mission: Did anyone share Jesus or last week’s passage?  

  • Does anyone have a God story? An undeniable encounter or experience with God that creates an impact or  breakthrough in your day-to-day life. These moments can be extraordinary or very humble, but always  personally powerful. 

  • Opening Question: What is one of the biggest myths you have believed about God? 

  • Share background for the passage:    Moses has led the children of Israel out of Egypt & they are camped by Mt. Sinai where he received the law & the 10 commandments. While meeting with God, the people fashioned & worshipped a golden calf & it upset Moses so much, he broke the original stone tablets. God told Moses to lead the people away from the mountain & threatened that His presence would no longer be with them. Moses set up a tent to meet with God & intercede for the people who were mourning because of the bad news.                                                                                                                                  
  • Thought/Focus: Even though God had met & spoke with Moses, how does Moses show that ongoing relationship is more important than a mountaintop experience? 
  • Have someone read this week’s passage: Exodus 33:12-23, 34:6- 7

Discuss these questions: Go deeper as led. Remember Head, Heart, Hands. 
  1.  Answer the Thought/Focus question above. 
  2.  What did Moses ask God to do in vs. 13? Why? Who else did he want God to consider? 
 3.  How does Moses show the heart of a godly leader in vss. 13-16?
 4.  Moses asked God to show him what? Why do you think he asked for that? How did God    answer? (vss. 18-23)
 5.  Have you ever asked for the same thing? Why or why not?
 6.   What important truths does God’s answer teach us about Him? (Ex. 34:6-7)
 7.   How should this affect your view of & relationship with God?
 8.  Can you think of any current myths about God that these truths He gave about Himself        destroy?
9.  What can you do to be a Myth Buster with these truths? With whom? When? With what           spirit/attitude?

Next week’s passage/story: John 10: 1-11
  • Dismiss in Prayer   

Life Group Guidelines

This needs to be a place where people feel comfortable opening up and sharing with one another. Below are some group guidelines that will help create a safe environment.
CONFIDENTIALITY: What is said in the group  stays in the group.
LISTEN: Let’s value one another during the  discussions by really listening to what is  being shared. Try to avoid thinking about  how you are going to respond or what you  are going to say next.
PAUSE: Allow a pause in conversation after  someone shares. Give the person sharing a  chance to finish and the group the  opportunity to consider what was just  shared before responding.

NO “CROSS TALK”: Be considerate of others  as they are sharing- no side conversations.

NO FIXING: We are not here to fix each  other. Jesus does that part. Speak truth is love, give  
encouragement, empathize,  point to Jesus.  You may share  solutions God has led you through. The  other person should never feel shame or  failure, but rather connection & hope.

NO HIJACKING of shared stories.

NO RESCUING: When people are sharing  something deeply personal, there can be a  tendency to try to make them feel better  about themselves or the situation by  providing immediate condolences. This will  often cause them to stop sharing. Resist the  temptation to rescue people.
SHARING: Be sensitive about the amount of time  you share.
SILENCE: It is important to allow silence in the  group as it provides an opportunity for someone  else to share and for members in the group to  process the topic or question being considered.

BE SELF-AWARE: Be self-aware of how you are  personally affecting the environment through your  words, actions, and non-verbal communication.
“I” STATEMENTS: It’s easy to talk about the issues  of others, but for our purposes, we want you to put  yourself on the table. Try to use “I” statements rather than “them”, "they", "you", “the church”, “us”, “we”, etc.
FIGHT FOR RELATIONSHIP: We will commit to resolve conflict  biblically. When conflict or sin issues arise between  group members, we want to make sure that  we are honoring God and each other in the way we  deal with these issues. We will fight for  relationship.  I will discuss the struggle with the person I am in conflict with first, & if not resolved, seek wise advice. The following are a few key Scriptures  in this regard (there are many others.)
  • If someone sins against you: Mat. 18:15-20
  • Restoring someone in sin: Gal. 6:1-5 
  • Forgive a sinner: Col. 3: 12-13 
  • Reconciling differences: Mat. 5:23-24, Mat. 7:1-5