Dave’s Main Points
Remember Who God Is
Remember What God Has Done
Remember to Tell the Story
This weekend, we introduce the book of Deuteronomy. At this point in the story, the 40 years of wilderness wandering have come to a close and this new generation of Israelites are camped on the eastern edge of the Promised Land. In a matter of weeks, Israel will finally enter the land. But Moses knows that it’s only a matter of time before this group of second-generation immigrants forgets their cultural and religious heritage and adapt to a new way of life in a new place. So before Moses dies, he gives a few final reminders to God’s people on how to live in the land without losing your identity. 1) Deut 6:4-9 – Remember that God is one, the unique and undivided God. And as he is undivided in his essence, so our love and allegience for him should be undivided. 2) Deut 6:10-12; 8:10-18 – When the good times roll, remember what God has done for you. Don’t think you have secured your good fortune for yourself. We must always remember the grace of God – his undeserved favor poured out on his people. 3) Deut 6:20-25 – We always need to remind ourselves and others of the story God is telling. We don’t obey just because God tells us to… we obey because of what he has already done for us.
- What are some of the things these 2nd generation immigrants did not experience that were key to their success in the Promised Land? What kind of things do we have to be reminded of concerning our identity as followers of Christ?
- Which of Dave’s three reminders are easiest for you to grasp? The least? Why did you answer the question this way?
- Do you believe that you commit idolatry every day?
- In what ways do you need God to be One (integral, unified, consistent)?
- Dave mentioned that God is one means that the God of Sunday is the God of the week. This is a statement on compartmentalized faith. How do you bring God into the place of protecting you from the god of productivity (insert your weekday god)?
- When is it easiest for you to forget about God?
- Spend some time talking about functional god(s) in your life? Where do you end up on this list?
- Is your story more about you or the work that God did through Christ in you?
- Memorize Deuteronomy 6:4-8
- Take an inventory of the various parts of your life. Is your life compartmentalized or integral?
- Look around your home, what are some things that produce memories? Take inventory of things that remind you of God and his work (in your life and in general).
- Work on a clear testimony (story) that has Jesus Christ as the main character that did the main action in the story of your life.