devoted: wash your hands

 

NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow, Nov. 25. This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon tomorrow morning entitled Devoted: Wash Your Hands. Look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous discussion guides. All Scriptures quotations listed below, unless otherwise noted, are from the Common English Bible (CEB).

Aim

To consider what it means to devote our hands to God.

Word

• Make a copper basin for washing along with its copper stand. Put it between the meeting tent and the altar, and put water in it. Aaron and his sons will use it to wash their hands and their feet. When they go into the meeting tent or approach the altar to minister … they must wash … their hands and their feet so that they don’t die. (Exodus 30.17-21 CEB)

• Who can ascend the Lord’s mountain? Who can stand in his holy sanctuary? Only the one with clean hands and a pure heart; the one who hasn’t made false promises, the one who hasn’t sworn dishonestly. That kind of person receives blessings from the Lord and righteousness from the God who saves. (Psalm 24.3-5 CEB)

• Let the kindness of the Lord our God be over us. Make the work of our hands last. Make the work of our hands last! (Psalm 90.17 CEB)

• We carried the weapons of righteousness in our right hand and our left hand. (2 Cor. 6.7 CEB)

• Thieves should no longer steal. Instead, they should go to work, using their hands to do good so that they will have something to share with whoever is in need. (Eph. 4.28 CEB)

• I want men to pray everywhere by lifting up hands that are holy, without anger or argument. (1 Tim. 2.8 CEB)

• Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4.8 CEB)

Open

Icebreaker questions are meant to help us all start talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.

1. Make a list of phrases that include the word “hand” (e.g. – a helping hand, a hand out, etc.).

2. Who has the largest hands? Smallest? Roughest? Smoothest? Right-handed? Left-handed?

Dig

These questions are meant to help us grapple with Scripture related to this morning’s sermon. Choose some.

1. Read the context of 2 Cor. 6.7 (vs. 3-10). What moral goals or principles do you see here?

2. Given the words of Eph. 4.28, what is the purpose of the work of our hands?

Reflect

These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.

1. What do you tend to do with your hands when you pray?

2. What is your “right hand” of strength? That is, with what are you spiritually gifted?

3. Our hands express our desires and will. What do your hands say about you to others?

4. Tell us of some people you perceive as being “at your right hand;” people you lean on.

5. Have you ever been consecrated or appointed to a special task, having had the hands of others laid on you, designating you as commissioned for such work? Tell us about it.

6. What work of your hands do you hope most will endure after you’re gone? Why?

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