New Rivers, New Roads (Reprise) “The Tabernacle Prayer” – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea:
We can have greater intimacy with God and enter His glory because we have the glory residing in us through Jesus’ shed blood.

Discussion Starter:
Share a time when you took something apart to see how it worked.

Introduction:
It’s one thing to take a tour, yet quite another when you have a tour guide to explain the things you are seeing. This week Pastor takes us on a tour of the tabernacle. This is an illustrative journey of praying through the tabernacle. We learn that we can enter God’s glory, because Jesus allows the glory to reside in us through the shedding of His blood.


Encounter God

Primary Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:9 and Psalm 100

Discussion Questions:

Read Psalm 100 aloud as you prepare to journey through the tabernacle.

1. Pastor began our journey through “the tabernacle prayer”, with the outer courts. The outer courts were for preparation. Each stage moving closer into the tabernacle created greater intimacy with God. As these steps brought greater intimacy with God, fewer people took these steps. Why do you think this is so?

2. The brazen altar was used for sacrifices. We are to offer ourselves as living sacrifices. What is the main problem of offering a living sacrifice? Discuss how this obstacle can be overcome.

3. Next is the bronze laver (bath time!), which is like a full mirror investigation of ourselves. Here we learn how we appear in the eyes of the Lord. The ten commandments and the question of whether we measure up to them were used in Pastor’s example. We know there is no human that can keep all ten commandments, so discuss how this aids in our assessment of ourselves.

4. We move on to the Holy Place and the table of showbread. Jesus is the bread of life. Discuss what you feel this means and how it affects your life.

5. The altar of incense is up next. Incense could only be offered up to God. The aroma of the burning incense would be pleasing to God and accompany the sacrifice. Praise and prayer would rise with the smoke and fragrance. Discuss how this form of worship is similar to and different from our worship today.

6. The final stop on our journey is the Holy of Holies. Only the high priest could enter this most sacred of places. The Ark of the Covenant (containing the mercy seat of God) resided here. Once Jesus was crucified, the veil was torn and men were no longer separated from God. Now we are able to enter the presence of God and worship. Jesus was the once and for all sacrifice that bridged the gap between man and God. Reflect for a few moments on how this forever changed our relationship with God. Share your thoughts with the group.

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 Peter 2:4-12 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.


Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into dyads or triads for this section.

This week we have focused on preparing ourselves to enter the presence of God, how can we use this better serve each other?


Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise: Pray as a group to explore ways you can share the prayer of the tabernacle with our Faith Promise family and how it has enriched your walk with God.

Engaging in Community and the World: After we have allowed God to fill us with His presence it will naturally overflow. Brainstorm on some ways to use this overflow of God’s glory to show His love to those you encounter.


Expand God’s Kingdom

We live in a broken and hurting world. This week we have journeyed through the tabernacle prayer and discovered ways to become more intimate in our relationship with the Father. We must remember it is not all about us; now it is time to share what we have discovered with others, so they can experience the love and glory of God as well.

Remember that our “At the Movies” series begins next week! It is a great time to invite real people with real problems to experience God’s real love through the people of Faith Promise.


Leader’s Notes

There are quite a few scriptures with this weekend’s message. For questions pertaining to the outer courts you may wish to read the following Isaiah 53:5, Roams 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and Psalm 139:23-24. For a refresher of the ten commandments read Exodus 20: 3-17. Scriptures to consider for the remainder of the questions are Acts 3:19, Revelation 4:5, Matthew 4:4, Hebrews 4:16, Romans 8:1, and 2 Corinthians 5:21.

You may wish to google a diagram of the tabernacle showing the different courts for better understanding of the progression from the outer courts to the Holy of Holies.

1. Some answers might be that we are scared of getting too close to a Holy and perfect God due to the fact we will see how imperfect we are. Perhaps some just want a little of God and don’t realize how much love He has for us and wants to share with us.

2. A living sacrifice can get off the altar and walk away. Answers will vary to the second part of this question.

ALL groups at Faith Promise should follow Jesus Christ and lead others to do the same. Below are the marks of a growing follower and disciple of Jesus.

– A follower of Jesus desires to encounter God through the deeper study and application of God’s Word.

– A follower of Jesus embraces people and values relationships on a deeper level so everyone can grow together.

– A follower of Jesus engages and serves the world around them and in their community, through local partners or God-directed opportunities.

– A follower of Jesus expands God’s Kingdom through development and multiplication of disciple-makers, possibly to lead more groups at Faith Promise.

 

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