Like the Israelites in the desert heading toward the Promised Land, we are a faith community heading into a promised future. In this series, Together: Remembering - Experiences that Inform Our Future we will learn from the Israelites’ story, found in the Book of Deuteronomy, about what they were called to remember in order to follow God well. This week, we focus on remembering that consequences are real.
1. Review: In our journey with the Israelites in Deuteronomy, what are you remembering from the book that is impacting your life?
2. In your life, reflect on actions you have taken that have led to positive and or negative consequences. In your narrative, who gets the blame or credit in these situations, God or you?
3. Take time to meditate on this lengthy passage Deuteronomy 28:1-29. What is the core message to the Israelites? Why is God warning them of these things in such a dramatic manner?
4. Today, how is Deuteronomy 28:1-29 still relevant in our lives? Review what Jesus and the Apostle Paul say about reaping and sowing (Matthew 13:36-43/ Galatians 6:7-10). What parallels do you see between these three passages? How does this make you feel?
5. During our transition season as a church body, how might we benefit from understanding that our actions will either bless us or curse us? How do we as a body relate to the metaphor of caring for a plant? What is the role of God’s grace in this process?
6. When it comes to consequences being real in our life, what is God calling you to do?
-Recite Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (The Shema) day/night. Replace Israel with your name/ family’s name.
-Follow the Weekly Listening/Reading Plan for Deuteronomy (Chapter 29-30 by 11/7)
-Engage in Prayer Wed. PCC Noon Time for 30 min (Info/Zoom Link) or last Friday/month live at PCC
-Place a memory of God on the Wall of Remembrance in the back of the Worship Center