Month: February 2020

03.01.2020

GOING DEEPER

03.01.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 5: “A New Rest”

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Breaking Ground

What is your favorite thing to do to relax? Where do you go? What do you do? Why do you find it restful? 

 

The Dig

Read Matthew 11:25-30. This prayer by Jesus is preceded by his teachings & healings. 

Begin by reflecting on Jesus’ metaphor – his yoke. A yoke is a tool of labor used to bind two oxen together so they can more easily pull a heavy load. In the Jewish context, a yoke was used to describe the teachings, lifestyle, & actions of a Rabbi – the things passed down by a teacher that a student was expected to copy, carry, & live out as a follower.

With this in mind, reflect on the metaphor itself. In practice, a yoke does not lessen the weight of a load. In fact, it adds to the weight. However, it does make it easier to carry the burden of it.

How does this impact how you understand the metaphor? 

Why does Jesus connect his teachings to an extra weight that his disciples will have to carry? 

To be clear, Jesus believes that his teachings & lifestyle will not lessen the weight of the hardships of life – but they will make them easier to carry

Why doesn’t Jesus tell us that his rest will come from removing our hardships & burdens? Is this how you normally have understood Jesus’ offer of rest for the weary? 

Reflect on some of life’s most common hardships: conflict, hard relationships, finding meaning & purpose, vocation & work, navigating the complexity of our world, living in community with flawed people, & many more. 

Do any of these feel burdensome to you in this season? Do any of them feel like crushing weight? If not, what does? 

Now, reflect on a few key teachings:

  • Forgiving instead of retaliating in conflict
  • Releasing anger instead of feeling contempt in hard relationships
  • Giving grace instead of judging other people
  • Finding our belovedness in God, first and foremost
  • Seeking reconciliation instead of resentment

How might Jesus’ teachings feel like an extra burden in your hardships at first – but end up making your burden feel easier to carry

How might adopting one of Jesus’ teachings in this area of your life bring about rest even if it doesn’t remove the challenge of that circumstance

Close by reflecting on where this prayer falls in Jesus’ ongoing ministry – after his teaching, healing, & offer of liberation.

What is the connection between Jesus’ teachings & finding rest for the weary? 

What is the connection between healing & finding rest for the weary? 

What is the connection between Jesus’ Exodus liberation & finding rest?

What might it look like for you to take up Jesus’ yoke in this season of your life? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to reflect on Jesus’ offer of rest.

  • Where are you feeling burdened
  • Why does that circumstance feel so heavy? 
  • How might Jesus’ teaching lessen the weight of that burden & make it easier to carry in this season?  

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, March 8: Join us for the sixth week of our series GOD PT 2, where we will be looking at how Jesus acts as a new teacher for those looking to find themselves in God’s Kingdom. 

 

* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 03.01.2020

God, Part 2 | Wk 5: “A New Rest”

Pastor Lori Green | 03.01.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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  • Chapters 1-2 Genealogy and Birth Story
  • Chapters 3-4 Water -> Wilderness (Testing)
  • Chapters 5-7 Sermon on the Mount
  • Chapters 8-9 Performing Signs and Wonders
  • Chapter 10 Jesus calls-equips-sends the 12
  • Chapters 11-12 The Controversy Begins

3:

Matthew 11:28- 12:8 (NLT)

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

At about that time Jesus was walking through some grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them.  But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the LAW by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.” Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry?  He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath?  I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple! But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”

 

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“Sabat” = to rest or to cease from work

 

5: 

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

 

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You can choose His light yoke of Sabbath rest or you can choose to be a slave to sin and death, but you have to be liberated from one to have the other.   

The real problem we have experiencing Sabbath rest is not about how we schedule our time- it’s about how much we actually trust God.  

 

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Sabbath is a reminder of our humanity and of how much God actually loves us.

 

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The point of the Sabbath is to remember the thing that we lost in the Garden of Eden- our perfect fellowship with God.  

The point of the Sabbath is to remember and celebrate that through Jesus, that the thing that was once lost… is no longer lost.

 

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We know how to pray, how to be still, how to do nothing.  Sabbath people know that ‘our time’ is really God’s time and we are invited to live in it.  We are living our eternity now- this Tuesday, Wednesday, this Saturday and Sunday. – Donna Schaper

 

Message Slides 02.23.2020

God, Part 2 | Wk 4: “A New Healing”

Sam Nunnally | 02.23.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Matthew 8:1-4 (MSG)

Jesus came down the mountain with the cheers of the crowd still ringing in his ears. Then a leper appeared and went to his knees before Jesus, praying, “Master, if you want to, you can heal my body.”

Jesus reached out and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there, all signs of the leprosy were gone.

 

3:

Matthew 9:1-8 (MSG)

Back in the boat, Jesus and the disciples recrossed the sea to Jesus’ hometown. They were hardly out of the boat when some men carried a paraplegic on a stretcher and set him down in front of them. Jesus, impressed by their bold belief, said to the paraplegic, “Cheer up, son. I forgive your sins.” Some religion scholars whispered, “Why, that’s blasphemy!”

Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why this gossipy whispering? Which do you think is simpler: to say, ‘I forgive your sins,’ or, ‘Get up and walk’? Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both. . . .” At this he turned to the paraplegic and said, “Get up. Take your bed and go home.” And the man did it. The crowd was awestruck, amazed and pleased that God had authorized Jesus to work among them this way.

 

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02.23.2020

GOING DEEPER

02.23.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 4: “A New Healing”

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Breaking Ground

What do you do to feel better when you get sick? Are there any activities, foods, movies, etc. that you go back to each time? 

 

The Dig

Read Matthew 8:1-3. Notice that Jesus chooses to heal this person by touching them (NOTE: he heals people without touching them at other places in the Gospel). This is a big deal – leprosy was understood as being both physically contagious & spiritually unclean. In other words, it was something that could harm a person physically & could separate a person from God spiritually in Old Testament tradition. 

How does this change how you understand Jesus’ actions in this story? 

How does the person’s disease impact the means Jesus chooses to use to heal them? In other words, what does it say about Jesus that he chooses to touch a person in this state as part of healing them?

How does this impact how we understand healing & how we should seek it (for ourselves & others)? 

What might this teach us about the purpose of Jesus’  healing? 

Where do you feel like a leper? In other words, is there something in your life that you think Jesus is unwilling to move towards & heal? 

What would it mean for you to hear that there is nothing that Jesus is unwilling to move towards & heal? 

Reflect on the fact that this is the first story that follows the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus teaches about what it means to live in God’s Kingdom & then moves directly into this healing

What is the connection between Jesus’ teaching & healing? How do they connect in terms of how we live in the world?

How do Jesus’ teachings impact how we respond to those we’d consider “lepers” in our own life? (i.e. ourselves or those we think are outside God’s favor, morally/spiritually sick, etc.)

Finally, read Matthew 8:4. Jesus sends the healed man to witness to others about his healing. In other words, Jesus teaches, heals, & then sends him to share his story about Jesus with others. Healing comes first – then evangelism

How does this process impact how you think about sharing your story of faith? Where do you need to heal so that you can better reflect Jesus’ healing into our world? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to read about Jesus’ healings. Reflect on what it means that Jesus touched the leper to heal him.

  • Where do you need to hear that Jesus is willing to reach out to anyone, no matter what to heal them?
  • Where do you feel like the leper in your life right now? 
  • What would it look like to seek healing in that area of your life?
  • What is the first step you can take? 

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, March 1: Join us for the fifth week of our series GOD PT 2, where we will be looking at how Jesus offers a new Sabbath to his people. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

02.16.2020

GOING DEEPER

02.16.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 3: “A New Law”

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Breaking Ground

Share a story about a time when you broke a rule & got caught (try to keep it light). What did you do? What happened? What did you learn from it?

 

The Dig

This week, reflect on the Sermon on the Mount & Jesus’ teaching on life in the Kingdom (Matthew 5-7). Jesus begins by pronouncing a blessing over the people in front of them & then he begins to teach on living in the Kingdom of God

How does this help set the tone for the rest of the sermon? How does a recognition of our blessedness prepare us to receive the challenge to life change that Jesus focuses on?

Read Matthew 5:13-16. 

How can we be salt & light in the world by remembering our blessedness & being transformed by it? What does this teach us about the purpose of our Kingdom transformation?

For the rest of the sermon, Jesus lays out how we live in the Kingdom. First, he focuses on the heart of a person that creates their actions (for example, read Matthew 5:21-26)- addressing issues of anger, lust, breaking our commitments, manipulation, retaliation, violence,&  hate.

Which of these heart issues stands out to you the most? What are the common, connecting themes throughout them?

Jesus believes our actions matter – but changing them comes through an internal transformation (i.e., heart change). Why does Jesus focus on this internal change in attitude, posture, will, & mind  – not just our actions – when talking Kingdom transformation? 

How does Jesus’ announcement of blessing build into how this heart change comes about? 

Finally, Jesus closes the sermon with the practices that he wants his disciples to put into place: giving generously, prayer, fasting (spiritual disciplines), non-materialism, trust, relinquishing anxiety, practicing non-judgment, & acting out our faith in the daily rhythms of our lives.

Do any of these standout the most? Why does Jesus end by giving people regular practices for living in the Kingdom? 

What does it mean to put these into daily practices & habits? Which practice do you need to work on applying daily?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to read the Sermon on the Mount. Reflect on a teaching of Jesus that really pushes on you. 

  • Why did this teaching stand out to you?
  • Why do you think Jesus talks about this particular topic?
  • What does it look like to practice it in your life?
  • How does it impact living in the Kingdom of God here & now?

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, February 23: Join us for the fourth week of our series GOD PT 2, where we will be looking at how Jesus offers healing in his New Exodus Story. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 02.16.2020

God, Part 2 | Wk 3: “A New Law”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 02.16.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Matthew 5:1-2 (NIV)

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

 

3:

Old Testament Covenant & Law at Mount Sinai

    • The Covenant 
      • The committed relationship between God & the Israelites – “I will be your God & you will be my people.”

 

  • The Law, Torah, or Instruction

 

    • Ten Commandments, as well as 603 other commandments.
    • Instructions for living in response to God’s faithfulness & commitment. 
    • Meant to transform Israel into a distinct people in the world.

 

4:

Jeremiah 31:33-34 (NIV)

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
    after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
    and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
    or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
    from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
    and will remember their sins no more.”

 

5: 

The New Covenant in Jeremiah 31

  • Defined by renewed relationship with God.
  • Producing the transformation of the human mind & heart.
  • Achieved through God’s radical extension of blessing through forgiveness, love, & grace.

 

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The Structure of the Sermon on the Mount

  1. Jesus goes up a mountain to teach the crowd (Matt. 5:1-2)
  2. Jesus pronounces that those in front of him are blessed by coming into contact with him & his Kingdom (Matt. 5:3-12)
  3. Jesus teaches that those who receive his blessing will become salt & light in the world (Matt. 5:13-16)

 

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Matthew 5:17 (NIV)

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

 

8: 

Matthew 5:21-22a (NIV)

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. 

 

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Matthew 5:27-28 (NIV)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

 

10:

Matthew 5:38-42 (NIV)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

 

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The Structure of the Sermon on the Mount

  1. Jesus goes up a mountain to teach the crowd (Matt. 5:1-2)
  2. Jesus pronounces that those in front of him are blessed by coming into contact with him & his Kingdom (Matt. 5:3-12)
  3. Jesus teaches that those who receive his blessing will become salt & light in the world (Matt. 5:13-16)
  4. Jesus proclaims the fulfillment of the purpose of the Law (Matt. 5:17-20)
  5. Jesus cites, reinterprets, & adds to the Law – focusing on the Kingdom transformation of the human heart (Matthew 5:21-48)
  6. Jesus teaches on the practices, habits, attitudes, & worldview of a life lived fully within the Kingdom of God (Matt. 6 & 7)

 

Message Slides 02.09.2020

God, Part 2 | Wk 2: “A New Kingdom”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 02.09.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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Matthew 3:16 – 4:2 (NIV)

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

 

3:

Jesus’ Baptism & Testing

  • Jesus passes through the waters of baptism
  • The identity of God’s beloved Son is spoken over Jesus
  • Jesus is led into the wilderness where he is tested

 

The Wilderness Story of the Exodus

  • God liberates Israel from Egypt by passing them through the waters of the Red Sea
  • Israel is given the title of God’s Son
  • Israel is led into the wilderness where they are tested & fail

 

4:

Matthew 4:3-7 (NIV)

The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

 

5:

The First Two Tests – “If you really are the Son of God…

  1. First test – do your circumstances undermine your identity?
  2. Second test – do you trust God’s identity for you or should you make Him prove it?

 

6:

Matthew 4:8-11 (NIV)

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

 

7:

The Tests in the Wilderness

  1. First test – do your circumstances undermine your identity?
  2. Second test – do you trust God’s identity for you or should you make Him prove it?
  3. Third test – what kind of King are you & how will you build your Kingdom?

02.09.2020

GOING DEEPER

02.09.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 2: “A New Kingdom”

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Breaking Ground

What was the hardest class or subject you ever took or studied in school? Why?

The Dig

Read Matthew 3:16-17.

Jesus begins his ministry with an identity spoken over him – the identity of the beloved

How do you respond to the idea that Jesus begins his ministry with the title of beloved (before his life, death, & resurrection)? 

How might starting from an identity of belovedness change how you approach your own life (relationships, vocation, growth, trials, fears, etc.)? 

Next, read Matthew 4:1-11. Jesus goes from his baptism into the testing in the wilderness

How does the statement of belovedness prepare him for the testing of the wilderness? 

In this passage, Jesus faces three tests:

  1. The testing of his present circumstance (hunger & trusting that he is still beloved regardless).
  2. The testing of his trust in God’s purposes & timing (trusting God’s will & not making God prove His love). 
  3. The testing of how he will build his Kingdom (the way of earthly kingdoms vs. the way of God’s kingdom – power vs. surrender; might vs. self-sacrifice; peace vs. war, etc.). 

Which of these tests stands out to you the most? Why do you think these are the three specific tests employed to undermine Jesus’ calling & mission? 

How does Jesus respond to each of them? What does this tell us about who he is & how he will fulfill his purpose

Read Matthew 4:12-22.

Having succeeded, Jesus announces that the Kingdom of Heaven has arrived here. Then, he begins inviting others into it

Based on the testing in the wilderness – what does it mean to live in the Kingdom of Heaven now as disciples? What stands in the way of doing so? Which do you struggle with the most?

How does Jesus’ story change how we respond to the tests & trials of this world? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to reflect on what it means for the Jesus’ story of testing & trust to become our own story as his disciples living under his Kingdom of Heaven. 

  • What is a test that you are currently facing?
  • How are you currently responding to it?
  • How might Jesus’ story change how you handle or deal with that situation? 
  • What might it look like to live out the Kingdom of Heaven here in how you address it going forward?

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, February 16: Join us for the third week of our series GOD PT 2, where we will be looking at what it means that Jesus brings his followers a New Law in his New Exodus Story. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.

Message Slides 02.02.2020

God, Part 2 | Wk 1: “A New Exodus”

Pastor Mike Overstreet | 02.02.2020

Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3

 

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A truly great sequel includes the key parts of the story that came before it (characters, world, themes, narratives), but, at the same time, finds ways to transcend & complete them (adding new layers, insights, depths, & meaning). 

 

 

3:

Matthew 1:1-6 (NIV)

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac,

Isaac the father of Jacob,

Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,

Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,

Perez the father of Hezron,

Hezron the father of Ram,

Ram the father of Amminadab,

Amminadab the father of Nahshon,

Nahshon the father of Salmon,

Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,

Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,

Obed the father of Jesse,

and Jesse the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,

 

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Matthew 1:18 (NIV)

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

 

5: 

Matthew 1:21 (NIV)

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

 

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The Name(s) of Jesus in Matthew

    1. Yehoshua or Yeshua or Jesus – “Yahweh Saves”

 

  • Emmanuel or Immanuel – “God Wish Us”

 

 

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The Origin Story of Jesus

  1. Jesus is born in Bethlehem & acknowledged as the Messiah – God’s promised King for His People. 
  2. The current King of Israel, Herod, attempts to kill Jesus by ordering the execution of all male babies in Bethlehem. 
  3. God knows Herod’s plans & warns Joseph & Mary to flee from Israel
  4. Joseph, Mary, & Jesus are led to safety out of Israel through a desert to Egypt where they find rest.

 

The Exodus Story of God’s People

  1. God’s People are enslaved under Pharaoh in Egypt & are promised rescue.  
  2. The Pharaoh orders the execution of all male babies to suppress the Hebrews. 
  3. God hears the cries of His People in oppression & comes down to rescue them by defeating Pharaoh & liberating them from bondage
  4. God leads His People out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, & to the Promised Land where He begins to reshape them for His Purposes

02.02.2020

GOING DEEPER

02.02.2020 | GOD, PART 2 | Wk 1: “A New Exodus”

Join the community and go deeper with this Bible study.

 

Breaking Ground

What was the book from your middle or high school education that has stuck with you the most? Why? 

The Dig

Start your conversation with this big question – what is the Jesus story about? For example: Who is he? Why did he come? What did he do? Why does he matter?

Next, read Matthew 1:18-23. 

Recall from the sermon that the opening line of this section is meant to reflect the Creation Account in Genesis, but this time it’s God’s Spirit creating a person instead of the entire universe

How does this impact how you think about the birth of Jesus? 

Why do you think Matthew words Jesus’ birth account in this way? 

Reflect on the names in verse 21. There is Jesus (in Hebrew, “Yahweh Saves”) & then Immanuel (“God with Us.”)

What does it mean that Jesus will save his people from their sins? How does a new Genesis story play into that calling? 

What does it mean that Jesus is God with Us

How do you think these two names fit together? In other words – how does God save by becoming God with Us

What does this tell us about who God is, who Jesus is, & what Jesus’ story will be about

Close by reflecting on the final part of Jesus’ origin story. The final five stories of the birth narrative reflect a new Exodus taking place. The characters, themes, & movements are all meant to reflect the Old Testament Exodus story. But this time, Jesus is in the place of Israel & he is rescued from the Promised Land to the nations of the world – the reverse movement of the original Exodus story. 

What do we learn about who Jesus is & what his story will be about from this overlap with the Exodus story? (liberation, rescue, freedom, etc.)

What do we learn about who Jesus is & what his story will be about from this main difference with the Exodus story? (i.e., that the Promised Land/People of God are now going out into the nations of the world)

What does it mean that Jesus’ story announces a new Exodus taking place in our world with himself at its center

How does this impact your understanding of who Jesus is & what he came to do in the biblical story? 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to reflect on what it means for the Jesus story to be about new creation, rescue, liberation, & exodus right here & now. 

As you head into this series, reflect on:

  • Where you might need a story of new creation in this season?
  • Where you might need a story of liberation in this season? 
  • Where you might need a story of God with you in this season? 

Hold onto these questions as we move through this series & reflect on how Jesus’ story of New Exodus might impact your answers & how you understand his story’s impact on your life. 

Journal about your answers to these questions & pray for insights. Share your experience with the group next week! 

 

Additional Resources*

Matthew Commentary by Stanley Hauerwas

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament by Chris Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, February 9: Join us for the second week of our series GOD PT 2, where we will be looking at what it means that Jesus announces the arrival of a New Kingdom in his New Exodus Story. 
* Please see mye3.org for details.