More Numerous Than the Stars

OPEN

Have a group member read Exodus 1:1-7 aloud.

In Acts 7, Stephen stands before the Sanhedrin and delivers a sermon which summarizes the history of the nation of Israel. Have another group member read Acts 7:1-18 aloud.

What is the hardest season you have ever had to endure?

REFLECT

In Acts 7:5-7, what do you learn about the Egyptian captivity? About the hope Israel held?

Have a group member read Genesis 1:28 aloud. How does this verse relate to Exodus 1:1-7? What does it indicate about the faithfulness of God?

During the 400 years of waiting in Egypt, what do you think the Israelites thought regarding God’s promise of the land of Canaan? Regarding God’s character?

APPLY

Having to wait is part of being human, but waiting through trial and hardship is particularly difficult. Have a group member read 2 Peter 3:8-9 aloud. How does it relate to Israel’s situation in the opening lines of Exodus? How is it relevant to your current circumstances?

What trial is currently keeping you in waiting? Is it sinful to want our times of trial to be short? Why or why not?

CLOSE

What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

IDEAS FOR FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP

TIME

Set aside a time this week for your household to read or summarize the story of Joseph (Gen. 37-45). Then go through these questions together:

// How have you seen God provide for your family?

// Where have you seen God make and keep His promises?

// Joseph forgives his brothers for so much pain he’s been through. How can your family be better at kindness, repentance and forgiveness?

// What do you hope the Lord uses your family to accomplish in His kingdom?

MOMENTS

Look for opportunities this week to talk about how God is our Provider—God meets the needs of His children—and leverage opportunities to demonstrate forgiveness—to release someone from their wrong.

MILESTONES

Consider how you might celebrate and commemorate God’s significant provision for your family. Some provision is not promised but worth celebrating, like life, salvation, a new job, a new house, etc. How can you establish and/or remember these spiritual milestones?