ICEBREAKER: Think back to when you were a child. What did you think about God when you were a kid? What did you think he looked like, sounded like, acted like?
Read Deuteronomy 5:1-15
What are some common themes throughout these commands?
Why is it important for God’s people to love him above all else? What are the challenges that the people of Israel faced? What are the challenges that we face today? What are the things that try to compete for your heart?
Why does God command the people to not make an image of him to worship? We don’t have a specific image of God in the Bible but we do have a lot of metaphors for God in the Bible (Father, Builder, Gardner, Judge, and more). All of these metaphors talk about an aspect of God’s nature. What metaphor for God is most encouraging to you? Why? Which is most difficult for you? Why?
God commands the people to sabbath, to rest, why is rest so important for God’s people? How are you doing with rest and worship? What are the roadblocks that keep you from being where God wants you to be in this issue? What do you think you can do to get closer to where God wants you to be?
How can we pray for each other this week?