Week of October 16th

Torah Series

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You can watch the video for Deuteronomy here!

Session Overview: Deuteronomy

The disobedient generation of Israelites have wandered in the wilderness and died off over the course of 40 years. Now their sons and daughters are about to enter the Promised Land. But before they do, Moses reminds them of all the commandments God has given and the promises he has made. He calls them to a higher standard as they continue.

In chapters 1-11 Moses highlights the disobedience of Israel over the past four decades, and he challenges them to be different by loving and obeying God. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 reads, “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” The nations ahead of them worship many different gods, but the Israelites are to worship God alone. Their love for him will be reflected in their obedience to him, then they will fulfill their calling as the family of Abraham.

Chapters 12-26 are a recounting of the laws given to Israel. Moses warns that disobedience will lead to death and cursing, but obedience will lead to life and blessing. Interestingly enough, Moses predicts that Israel will walk away from God and go into exile. Just like Adam and Eve, the Israelites have a choice to trust God, or to do things their own way. Human nature is sinful and does not want to obey God. But God promises to one day change their hearts so that they will truly be able to listen and love.

Chapters 27-34 feature the passing of leadership from Moses to Joshua, and the death of Moses after he climbs a mountain to view the Promised Land from afar. This is the end of the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament. These books are meant to be a message of hope for God’s people who are outside the land, hope that they can have transformed hearts.


Family Discussion

  1. Read through the list of ten commandments given to Israel. (Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 5) Discuss which commands are easiest to obey, and which are most difficult to obey? Why?
  2. For the Israelites, how will obedience to God’s commands lead to life, but disobedience to death? (Deuteronomy 28, 30) For you and I today, how does our obedience or disobedience bring about life or death?
  3. Why does God direct his people to diligently teach his word to their children? (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
  4. In Deuteronomy 28:11-14, Moses encourages the people by reminding them that the word of God is not far away or too hard to obey, but that it is in their mouth and in their heart, so that they will be able to live a life pleasing to God. Choose a few verses of scripture whose truth applies specifically to your family, and commit to memorizing and reciting it together over the next couple weeks!

Special Event

Fall Party - Special Event

Friday, October 20, 6:30-9:30PM

Join us this Friday for a special gathering at a special location! Two neighboring families have graciously opened up their homes to us, so guys and girls will be splitting up to bake cookies and brownies as teams.

Once everyone is at Josh and Sally Samuel‘s house (118 Archibald Bay) the guys will head just a few houses down to Andre and Tara Cassell‘s house (130 Archibald Bay) for our bake-off. Then we’ll all get back together to eat the goodies with some fun fall drinks while we play games and hang out.

This is a great opportunity to invite a friend!

If the change of location creates a transportation issue for your student, please contact Pastor Asa to arrange a ride: 780-804-0341. We want everyone to be there!


Upcoming Series

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Beginning Friday, October 27, we will be going through another excellent video series by The Bible Project. We’re jumping ahead to the New Testament gospel of Luke, where we will unpack the richness of Jesus’ birth, divinity, death, and resurrection. Each week’s blog post will include a link to YouTube giving you the option to watch the video again at home. As always, feel free to utilize the many other resources available to you at their website by clicking the link above.

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