Sunday, 07 August 2016

The Lord is My Banner

Exodus 17:8-16

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

WHAT was an ALTAR?

Native stones from the earth built upon each other to:

  1. Sacrifice to God
  2. Signal where God appeared
  3. Memorialize a “God moment”
  4. Replace evil with good
  5. Connect with God

The ALTAR of “The LORD is my BANNER”

The story of the Israelites fighting against the Amalekites teaches us the significance of the altar:

Stretch out your hands for supernatural intervention.

Remember God’s supernatural display of power.

Jesus is our altar through whom we approach the Father.

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1. Is there a place or a moment when God’s presence overwhelmed you? Has there been a moment when you felt God  surrounding you with His redeeming love? How did you respond? What did you do to remember this moment and give God glory for experiencing it?

Digging Deeper

2. Paul and Peter identified Jesus as the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6); Jesus referred to Himself as the cornerstone (Luke 20:17-18). Jesus is called the living stone (1 Peter 2:4) and Christians are called to be living stones (1 Peter 2:5).  What is the significance of a cornerstone and what does it mean that we are a living stone?

3. Romans 12:1 teaches us to climb up on a spiritual altar: “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” What must happen for this to be possible?

4. Read Matthew 23:16-22. What does Jesus mean when He asked “Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?” What is Jesus trying to teach us?

Applying the Bible

5. Should you create a “memorial” of an important event in your life so that when you look at it, you will remember God’s work in you?

6. Have you given God credit for something He has done in your life? What tangible thing can you do to show God that you appreciate Him?

7. What should you do this week or this month to show God that you are a “living stone” and a“living sacrifice”?