May 28/29 Violence and The Old Testament
May 28/29 Violence and The Old Testament

May 28/29 Violence & The Old Testament

May 28/29 Violence and The Old Testament



Each summer, many of our faithful weekly volunteers take a break. Now is a great time for small groups to jump in 3-4 times over the summer to serve in Discovery Village or Hospitality. We need your help! Sign up for one of our ministries at under SERVE.


This month we look at the group value of Spiritual Practices. Beyond the Weekend is starting a new memory verse for June. Consider joining in and memorizing Philippians 4:5b-7 this month.


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This is the final week of our series called THE BIBLE. This week’s conversation looks at three stories that reveal how the God of the Old Testament is the same as the God of the New Testament.

What did you do for Memorial Day weekend?

Have someone read Deuteronomy 7:1-6. What words stand out to you in this passage and why?



Have someone read Genesis 12:1-3. How do you think Abram (later named Abraham) may have felt when God gave this great promise that uprooted his life?

Years after that initial promise, Abram comes to God with his doubts and questions. God responds by reaffirming the promise and making a covenant. What does this reveal about how God views our doubts and questions?

In response to Abram’s doubts, God turns the covenant upside down by walking through the cut animals and their blood. It’s like God is saying, “may my blood run if you don’t uphold your end.” How does this foreshadow what Jesus did for us on the cross?



Have someone read Deuteronomy 9:5. What reasons does God give for driving out the inhabitants of Canaan?

God promises the land of Canaan to Abraham but says it will be generations before they inhabit the land (Genesis 15:16). What could this signal about God and his mercy?



Have someone read Jonah 4:1-3. What emotions does Jonah display?

What are some ways people today can be like Jonah and not desire God to extend his mercy to others?

We heard that God is perfectly merciful and just PLUS has the wisdom to respond perfectly to each situation. How does this truth help you trust the God of the Bible more?

God shows patience and grace yet holds people accountable. How have you seen God extend his patience and grace with you?

In what ways can you extend God’s grace and patience to people in your life?



We looked at many different questions about THE BIBLE these past six weeks. What sermon resonated the most with you?

What’s one thing you can do to make spending time with the Bible a regular part of your routine?

How can our group encourage each other to spend more time in the Bible?



Today we talked about three stories in the Old Testament that reveal God is the same in both the Old and New Testaments. Which one stood out to you the most? How will that shape how you engage with the Old Testament going forward?