Sermons

Asst. Pastor Timothy Yeo - 11 November 2018

Remain In God's Promise

REMAIN IN GOD'S PROMISE

Series: Stay the Course

Text: Numbers 34

When we think of boundaries we tend to think of negative things such as restrictions, constraints and loss of freedom. But in God's plan, the boundaries that He sets give us identity, clarity, security and real freedom to be who He intends us to be.

Discussion Guide

1) Be Content With Our Portion (v1-15)

What are the boundaries you encounter in your daily life? What are they for? Do you stay within the limits? Why? Boundaries can come in the form of rules i.e. what we can and cannot do. Imagine a sport without rules. Would we still enjoy the sport? Can we still excel at it if there were no rules? Discuss.

In your understanding, what are some boundaries God has set for His people? Why do you think God has established these confines? In Numbers 34:1-15, God prescribes boundaries of the Promised Land that His people would inhabit. Without these limits, Israel could not be defined as a nation. Why is it important that Israel went from being slaves to becoming a nation (Gen 12:1-7)? What does being a people of God mean for Israel?

Looking back at their grumbling and faithlessness during the wilderness, do you think they deserved the Promised Land? In the same way, think about the moments in our lives when we grumbled and desired to have something more than what God has already given to us. Share these moments with your Life Group. How does covetousness cause us to derail from the course of following God? Discuss together how we can turn our covetousness into contentment with our portion. How does knowing that we are undeserving of God’s promises and focusing on what God has already given us enable us to be contented?

2) Be Faithful With Our Assignment (v16-29)

If God doesn't need our help to fulfil His promise, why does He still call us to get involved in His work? What happens to our relationship with God if we reject His call? Discuss. Why then, is it important to be faithful to God's call? In Numbers 34:16-29, what is the assignment that God gives to the Israelite leaders? If the leaders do not perform their functions well, what may happen to Israel (e.g. disputes over land)? How would the leaders' tasks contribute to the big picture of God’s plan for Israel?

What is God's assignment for you at this point of your life? Share with your LG. How are you faring? What challenges are you facing? What milestones have you experienced? How are you growing in the faith as you remain faithful to His call? Discuss with one another how your assignments may contribute to God's overall plan for the world. What does it mean to you then to say that “I exist to fulfil His plans” instead of “God exists to fulfil my plans”? How does this change of perspective influence your response to what God has assigned you to do? How would it help you to stay the course?

Reflection Questions

1) Be Content With Our Portion (v1-15)

In your understanding, what are some boundaries God has set for His people? Why do you think God has established these confines? How does knowing that we are undeserving of God’s promises and focusing on what God has already given us enable us to be contented?

2) Be Faithful With Our Assignment (v16-29)

What is God's assignment for you at this point of your life? Share with your LG. How are you faring? What challenges are you facing? What milestones have you experienced? How are you growing in the faith as you remain faithful to His call?

From Series: "Stay The Course"

Many of us want the shortest, fastest and most effective path to reach our goal. But sometimes when the road is long with no end in sight, we get tired, lose focus, and settle for second best. How can we press on towards our goal? Journey with the Israelites as they near the end of their wilderness experience, and discover how this same God is leading us through life’s challenges today

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