Questions for Small Group Discussion

Based on the sermon of July 23, 2017 – Exodus 14-15 “God Makes a Way”

1. Did your family ever move when you were young? If so, how did the experience impact you? What did you look forward to most as you moved? What did you miss the most after you moved?

2. What are some points from Sunday’s sermon that would be worth discussing together?

3. Read Exodus 14:1-9. Why did God lead his people to a place where they were very vulnerable? Why did Pharaoh change his mind about letting Israel go? What was his intention as he took the chariot army after the Hebrews?

4. Read Exodus 14:10-18. Pastor mentioned that “Do not fear” is the most repeated command in the Bible. Why is that? What effects did being frightened of Pharaoh have on the people?

--Through Moses, God made it clear that he would take care of Pharaoh. What was the people’s responsibility in all this?

5. Read Hebrews 11:29. What was the role of faith in the experience of passing through the Red Sea? How did Moses demonstrate faith? How did the people demonstrate faith?

6. Exodus 14:30-31 capsulizes the significance of what happened that day. What does it bring out? What did the parting/closing of the Red Sea make possible for God’s people? What did it make impossible?

7. Read Exodus 15:1-18. This is the poetic retelling of chapter 14. What does the poem emphasize about what happened at the Red Sea? What does the song reflect concerning the character of God demonstrated in this event?

8. What are some situations in which you have seen God “make a way” when it felt like you were facing impossible odds? (Your own salvation might be a good place to start.) Should we always expect God to get us out of a “fix”? What are some specific situations in which we can be sure God will “make a way”? (See, for example, John 14:6, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Romans 8:28, Philippians 4:18, 2 Peter 1:3)