The Story of God and His People

The Story is a book that tells the grandest, most compelling story of all time. It sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events, allowing the teachings of the Bible to read like a novel. During The Story message series, January 8 - June 11, we will read through the Old Testament portion of The Story together, and the weekly readings will coordinate with each Sunday’s message. Like any good story, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption - and this story’s true!

 

 

 

 

DISCIPLESHIP CONVERSATION QUESTIONS

CHAPTER 4 - Deliverance - FEBRUARY 5

For Adult Homes and Groups

1. As a pseudo-summary of Chapter 4 from The Story, Deliverance, read “The Song of Moses” found in Exodus 15:1-18.
2. Much of the deliverance from Egypt is grounded in the need to create “pleasing aromas” to God through sacrifice. So with that in mind… what is the stinkiest thing you have ever smelled? What is one of your favorite smells?
3. If you feel comfortable sharing, what is something “stinky” you did to someone else this week? In what ways did it leave you “smelling bad?”
4. Remembering that as baptized, forgiven children of God, “we are the aroma of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:15), identify one thing you can intentionally do this week to leave a “pleasing aroma” behind after an interaction with someone.

For Families with Kids

Memory Verse – Exodus 14:14 Read it, talk about it, and learn it!
1. Do you have a role model? Does that role model ever act in ways you should not follow? Jesus is a perfect role model. What are some of Jesus’ actions we can follow? Why is it hard for us to follow Jesus at times?
2. Pray “Thank You God for sending Jesus to be a perfect model for us. We know we are not perfect and we thank You for the forgiveness Jesus bought for us. Help us to follow His example even when it isn’t always easy. Give us the strength to follow You daily. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

CHAPTER 3 - Joseph: From Slave to Deputy Pharaoh - January 29

For Adult Homes and Groups

1. If you had a chance to sit down with God and ask Him one question, what would that question be? 
2. Read Genesis 37:1-11, and then retell Joseph’s story in your own words. Do you see any glaring weaknesses in Joseph’s life? Strengths? 
3. Read Romans 8:28-29 and discuss what God might be up to when we go through difficult times of suffering, pain, loss, or even doubt. As you look back on your own life, how would you describe the times you experienced the greatest spiritual transformation and growth? 
4. As Pastor John mentioned, the generational sin of showing favoritism to a son or daughter was evident in Jacob’s family history, so much so that Joseph had become a kind of idol in Jacob’s life to give him joy and fulfillment... until he was gone. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” What do we easily treasure above Jesus today? 
5. Can you make some comparisons between the people’s savior, Joseph, and the world’s Savior, Jesus? What are the Gospel nuggets that appear in both of their stories? (example: betrayal, pieces of silver, etc.)

For Families with Kids

Memory Verse – Ephesians 4:32

1. We know that God made us in His image and that He keeps His promises. Joseph knew this too and his life shows that God can make good from what seems bad. Talk about a time you forgave someone. Was it hard to forgive? What did Jesus do to forgive us? 
2. Pray “Dear Jesus, please help us show forgiveness to our family and friends. We know that You paid the price for our sin, so that the image of God can show through us again. Give us the power of Your spirit to forgive others and trust You to lead us.

 

CHAPTER 2 - God Builds a Nation - January 22

For Adult Homes and Groups

1. Read Genesis 25:29-24 and 27:1-40.
2. Share the experiences or things in your life that cause you to feel that you are blessed.
3. If being “cursed” is the opposite of being blessed, what are the times in your life that made you feel cursed?
4. Based on the answers above, what would you say is your working definition of being blessed?
5. If the definition of blessed is “for God to remove the barriers between you and Him,” how does this definition compare with the definition you created? How would this definition affect the way you think of the things and experiences mentioned in answers 2 and 3?
6. Identify a barrier coming between you and God, and ask Him to bless you by removing that barrier today.

For Families with Kids

Memory Verse – Proverbs 3:5a Read it, talk about it, and learn it!
1. In the story of Abraham we see how to trust God. Is there anything you are worrying about today? How would the worry look if you trusted God? Why should we trust God?
2. Pray “Thank You God for ALWAYS keeping your promises. Thank You for keeping Your promise to send Jesus as our Savior. Help us to trust You in hard times and good times. Please lead our family to trust You more each day.”

 

CHAPTER 1 - CREATION: THE BEGINNING OF LIFE AS WE KNOW IT - JANUARY 15

For Adult Homes and Groups

1. When you think of “The Greatest Stories Ever Told” which stories come to mind?
2. Why do the words, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” evoke so much debate and doubt? What is the necessary gift needed to be received from God to actually believe? (See Hebrews 11:3)
3. Genesis 1:26-27 says we are made in the image of God. How do we, as people, actually reflect the image of God? After Adam and Eve’s fall into sin, what aspect of this “image” do we, as people, struggle with the most?
4. Adam and Eve rejected God’s vision for their lives and declared that they wanted to run their own universe and be their own god. How do you see that same sinful desire and behavior in our lives today, and how does it influence our daily walk with God?
5. What aspects of the remade image that Christians have in Christ offer hope and help in faithfully following Jesus, experiencing the “tree of life” again, and enjoying being in God’s presence? (See 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 3:26-27; Colossians 3:12)

For Families with Kids

Memory Verse – Genesis 1:27 Read it, talk about it, and learn it!
1. Name your favorite thing that God created. Talk about it!
2. What is your favorite thing about YOU? God created us in His image for His purpose, and part of that purpose is having a relationship with the God who made us and loves us. How can we do that?
3. Pray “Thank you God that you love us and made us to be in a relationship with you here on earth and in heaven. Help us to love and appreciate others and ourselves.”

 

Introduction to The Story - JANUARY 8

For Adult Homes and Groups

1. Grab a pen and paper and, within your group, ask everyone to say the first things that come to mind when they think of the Old Testament. Don’t think about it, just say whatever comes to mind. Create a list of at least 10 - 12 words/phrases.
2. Now do the same thing but about the New Testament.
3. Looking at the two lists, discuss the following:
   a. What do the lists have in common?
   b. What are the primary differences between the two lists?
   c. How would you summarize a description of each based on what was said?
   d. What truths and misconceptions are represented in the lists/summaries?
4. What are the truths/misconceptions that people outside of the Church might have about the Bible?
5. Close by praying for an opportunity to share just one truth from God’s Word this week.

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