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DAILY DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE
Not long ago, my wife and I rearranged our living room to center everything around the fireplace. A few new blankets were added, but mostly we repositioned what we already had. How I get to my chair now is very different, as is the view from my chair. But the chair didn’t change. I simply have a fresh view of that room that includes sitting near the fireplace.
As the Explore the Bible team looked ahead to the coming year, we began to discuss the arrangement and position of the content in our resources. Just like you, we realize the life-changing power of God’s Word and want to do everything we can to get people into His Word daily. We wondered if we could rearrange the content we already have to create a different type of learning experience that would do just that.
The new Daily Discipleship Guide will give groups a fresh approach to Bible study that will foster deeper relationships and discipleship. Within the Guide, you will find emerging educational strategies, daily Bible engagement, a link between weekly discipleship groups with what is studied in the Sunday groups, and a simple, more natural way to start new Bible study groups. Its content still studies the same Scripture passage as our traditional Personal Study Guide, it’s just arranged in a different way to provide a different learning experience.
Unlike my living room, the way we have done it in the past will continue to be available. You simply have an alternative that may better fit the needs of your group. You can review a one-session sample on the following pages or download and preview four sessions at lifeway.com/exploredaily
The desire of the Explore the Bible team is to provide resources that help you and your group study the Bible in a systematic way. We pray that each person in your group will become a growing follower of Christ. We look forward to serving you through these resources.
In His service,
G. Dwayne McCrary
Team Leader, Adult Explore the Bible resources
Your thoughts and comments are always welcome. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for
rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17 CSB®
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Aligns Daily Bible Study with Group Experience Instead of studying beforehand, you attend the group, you learn, then you build upon what you learned using five daily directed Bible studies.
Guest Friendly Everyone who comes to the group starts on the same page. So guests, and even participants who’ve been absent for a while, can feel like they’re tracking right along with everyone else.
Great for Discipleship Groups Groups that meet in triads or quads for deeper discipleship will love the Talk It Out section. This encourages members to meet together later in the week and gives them questions to discuss based on the previous study.
Help Pastors Plan Explore the Bible has a book-by-book discipleship plan laid out years in advance, so pastors can plan ahead and align their sermons with the Daily Discipleship Guide’s content. We even provide free sermon outlines. And the same subject matter is covered in all Student and Adult Explore the Bible resources.
GUIDE AVAILABLE FALL 2017
Most of us want everyone to study God’s Word every day. We know the difference regular Bible study makes in our lives, and we want them to experience that blessing as well. With this goal in mind, we created the Daily Discipleship Guide:
Learn even more about the Daily Discipleship Guide at LifeWay.com/ExploreDaily
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For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any
double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow.
HEBREWS 4:12 CSB®
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1\ Each session begins with an easily answered icebreaker question to get people talking.
2\ Introduces participants to the passage in the context of the Bible book.
What can cause a person to doubt his or her ability to accomplish a challenging task? How do our doubts feed our reluctance and hesitation to act?
Most of us likely have doubts about our capabilities in some area. Christians are not exempt from those feelings of doubt. Christian history is marked by reluctant leaders, struggling sinners, feeble doubters, and weak workers. God has accomplished His work through humans in spite of their human limits and failures.
UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT In Exodus 1:1–4:31, we are introduced to Moses. He is mentioned many times in the New Testament and is almost always shown in a positive light. Among God’s people, Moses is rarely criticized or disparaged; he is always honored. However, when we encounter Moses in the first chapters of Exodus, we get an initial picture of a weak and fearful man.
The Israelites had moved to Egypt (1:1) and grew into a large group (1:7). Because of their great number, Pharaoh and the Egyptians no longer regarded them with friendliness, but with fear. The Egyptians pressed the Israelites into slavery, causing God’s people to suffer greatly (1:8-11).
In chapter 2, Moses entered the story. His name sounds like the Hebrew verb “to draw out.” His name alone foreshadows God’s purposes to use Moses to “draw out” Israel from Egypt. Moreover, the preservation of Moses at birth points to his destiny. Moses was set in a basket (or “ark,” KJV) to be saved from the death that would come from Pharaoh’s hand in the slaughtering of the firstborn sons of Israel (1:22; 2:3). Moses was selected as God’s means to deliver His people from a tragic fate. The one who had been delivered would become the deliverer.
In the exodus story, we see both the strengths and weaknesses of his leadership and character. Moses initially let his feelings of inadequacy overwhelm him. At this point, Moses’ significance is not primarily based on his godliness and faith. Rather, his significance is based on God’s plan and power working through him to accomplish His will—despite Moses’ doubt and fear. The story of Moses is the beginning of redemption for God’s people, setting the stage for a supernatural act of salvation by God for a people powerless to help themselves. For Christians, weakness should not lead to despair but to reliance on God’s power to accomplish His will.
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Reluctance God calls and empowers people to serve Him and His purposes.
Exodus 3:4-14; 4:13-16
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1\ A Scripture passage is featured in every session and studies the same text as our traditional Personal Study Guide.
2\ Key words are called out and explained.
3\ Commentary and discussion questions help create a rich group experience.
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EXPLORE THE TEXT While tending sheep on Horeb (also known as Mount Sinai), Moses encountered God in a burning bush (3:2). In Exodus, God’s presence is often revealed in a flame of fire (13:21-22; 19:18; 40:38). It is not difficult to imagine why Moses stopped and approached this mysterious burning bush that was not being consumed by flames (3:3).
Here was Moses, standing before the Almighty God. There was God, manifest in the flames with His beautiful glory, burning purity, and consuming holiness. And what did God do? He called Moses by his name.
KEY DOCTRINE: God – The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God specifically revealed Himself to Moses as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (see Ex. 2:24). Moses clearly understood who was addressing Him. In awe and fear, Moses hid his face. One must remember that Moses was in exile from God’s enslaved people in Egypt (2:15). In fact, Moses had been alienated from them since birth. And with this declaration God reminded Moses of his heritage (2:23-25). Moses surely wondered why God had chosen to reveal Himself.
What did Moses’ responses reveal about his view of God? What do people’s responses to God reveal about their view of God? About their view of themselves?
The God of Israel was not a distant deity, detached from His people; He had intimate knowledge of their sufferings. God had heard their cries. The words “have observed,” “heard,” and “know” reveal G