March 29: Discovering Joy in the Wilderness
Big idea: Wilderness is a powerful metaphor in Scripture, but also a powerful metaphor of life’s most intense experiences. The desert has a way of revealing what lies beneath the surface of our lives. Most of all the wilderness reveals our deep need For God. Even our spiritual heroes like Moses, who experienced God move personality and mightily, fail in the wilderness. Just as God’s people are about to enter the Promised Land, Israel’s demand for water causes Moses to revisit an emotion that has been building up in the desert – anger. This emotion intensifies over time, until he strikes a rock and unfortunately this act of rebellion would keep him from entering the Promised Land. In the wilderness, we make mistakes, but we also find grace. As we look to Moses on Mount Nebo looking from the outside into the Promised Land, he discovers the entire point of his life on earth: to be in relationship with God. While the wilderness is not pleasant or avoidable, when we journey through these seasons in relationship with God, we find grace for mistakes and access to a joy untouched by our circumstances.
Key Passages: Numbers 20:9-11; James 1:2-4
- What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?
- Who would image that a few weeks ago our area would go into a “wilderness” experience…as we consider the worries and concerns of Israel in the passage this Sunday, what have been your top concerns and worries in this wilderness experience?
Read Numbers 20:1-13
- What is the situation in the Israelite camp?
- How did Moses react? Why?
- Share a time when you may have reacted disproportionately to the situation. What were the consequences/results?
Read James 1:2-4
- How does James say we should consider trials? Why?
- What are steps you will take this week to “consider it joy”?
- Who is God asking you to come alongside in this time?
- Take a moment to pray for one another.
- How can our community come alongside one another in this desert season?
Past Series Curriculum
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March 29: Discovering Joy in the Wilderness Big idea: Wilderness is a powerful metaphor in Scripture, but also a powerful metaphor of life’s most intense experiences. The desert has a way of revealing what lies beneath the surface of our lives. Most of all the wilderness reveals our deep need For God. Even our spiritual heroes like…
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