StoneBridge Community Church
The Moses Legacy: Deuteronomy - "The Israelites Wept for Moses"
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 5:01 PM

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The Moses Legacy: Deuteronomy

In this message series, we will be looking at the Law as God describes it to Moses in Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is Moses' closing speech to Israel. How does Moses pass on the law, which is his legacy, to a new generation? How can we receive his legacy?
Sermon Outline

I. Israelites Mourn Moses' death
A. Moses was held in high esteem
B. Israel is in grief.

II. Grief
A. While holidays are celebration, there is also grief.
B. Ways grief can manifest.
C. Stages of grief

III. God's response to death.
A. According to the Bible, Death is the actual enemy.
A. God's permanent response
1. Resurrection
a. The gospel is resurrection.
b. Resurrection overcame death
2. Restoration
B. God's temporary Response
1. Joshua for Moses
2. People in our lives now.

IV. How we approach grief now
A. Feel it. Don't ignore it.
B. With confidence.
C. In hope.
1. Israel began hoping for a "prophet like Moses"
2. This set the stage for Jesus.

The Text in Context

"But the important question is not how you want your family and friends to remember you, but rather, 'What would God say if He wrote your obituary?' In our text, we have the obituary that God wrote about…" Read more by clicking this link. Attention growth group leaders - additional discussion questions available at the end of this article.
Paul's Response to Death in Corinthians

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 gives us a good summary of the Christian response to death. You can find this passage below.

Stages of Grief

Here is some information on the stages of grief. To be clear - This is not helpful for everyone. For some, though, this may put language to what you've felt after losing someone you loved. There are other examples of the same information and different takes on the stages of grief. This is just one example.

Nt Wright Video on Resurrection

Here is a brief video from New Testament scholar NT Wright that focuses on the resurrection of Jesus and some of its implications.

1. How do you typically process grief?

2. Have you had to grieve someone or something in the past year?

3. Pastor Jon said that, for Christians, death is the actual enemy. In what ways does this line up with what you've been taught about Christian faith?

4. God responds to death by providing people in our lives now to carry us through the grief of losing loved ones. Who is someone whom God has provided for you? How do you help carry others through their grief?

5. God's ultimate response to death is the resurrection of Jesus, where death was overcome. What questions do you have about the resurrection?

1. Think of someone else you know who has experienced grief in the last year.

2. Reflect on ways you can appropriately display hope in the resurrection to that person.

3. Reach out to the person experiencing grief in a way that can support them.
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