Agenda — News, Not Advice — Part 3

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We’ve seen that the story of what Jesus did isn’t advice telling us what to do, it’s news. But information about an event is just information unless it relates to us somehow. Before we can discuss what it means to us, first we have to see how it relates to us. Pastor Luke looks at Genesis 1 and Exodus 3 in “Agenda,” part 3 of his 5-part series “News, Not Advice.”

Questions to Consider

OPEN. 1. Think about your family: among the relatives you know about, who was born longest ago? What do you know about their story?

UNPACK. 2. Into which literary category would you place the reading from Genesis 1: poetry? history? fiction? who-done-it? astrophysics? biology? How would you categorize the reading from Exodus 3?

3. Skim chapter 1 of Genesis. How many things are called “good”? How many “good” things are associated with each “day” of creation? What is the overall assessment (v. 31) of God’s creation?

4. Read what God says to Moses in Exodus 3: 7–10. Look at the words God uses. How many refer to good things? How many relate to bad things?

5. How would you describe the relationship between the circumstances of Exodus 3 and the “good” creation that God saw in Genesis 1? What does God plan to do about it?

6. Why does God name Moses’ ancestors? (Exod. 3: 6) If you had a burning bush encounter with God, would God name the same people? Why or why not? Suppose God mentioned some more recent ancestors, like the one(s) you named for question 1. What would that mean?

7. Read Genesis 15: 13. How does it connect with Exodus 3? Why did God choose this moment, instead of another, to speak to Moses?

8. The language in Exodus 3: 7 is emphatic (“I really know,” “I really have heard and seen”). How does that help to answer question 6?

APPLY. 9. Give some examples of oppression and suffering in the world today that God sees and plans to liberate people from. —in the United States / Alaska. —in your neighborhood.

10. How much do you know about God’s plans in your previous question? What is your role in those plans? Like Moses in Exodus 3? Like Jethro? Like Pharaoh? Someone else? — What is the role of the church?