In our continuing series through Deuteronomy, we saw last week how God uses discipline in the lives of his people, so that our lives will look like the lives of God’s people should look. This past Sunday, November 9 we examined how God’s power will go against people within the community. We read Deuteronomy 11:1-7 and referenced Numbers 16, as we saw Korah and 250 other disgruntled leaders question the authority of Moses and Aaron–God’s appointed leaders–and basically ask, “Who do you think you are?”
Moses replied to these rebels that it was against the Lord that they banded together and came against–not Moses and Aaron. We saw God’s cleansing of the community of God’s people. Our senior pastor concluded his sermon with some questions to ponder:
- How much do you love the community of God’s people–what we now call the church?
- How important is the community in your life?
- What is more important to you: your life as an individual or your life as part of the community of God’s people?
- What do you do to protect the community?
- What do you do to promote and strengthen and build up the community?
- Have you ever been a “virus” in the community and, if so, why? What did you hope to achieve?
- What place does the authority God has established in the community play in your life?
- Do you act as a person outside of or under authority?
- How willing are you to allow God to speak to you through His Word about the importance of the community?
- Are you willing to grapple with the interplay that must exist between your life as an individual and the life of the community and to acknowledge that God may grow you through the community in ways you can never grow just doing your own thing with Jesus?
Our community groups will discuss some of these questions, as they examine Deuteronomy 11:1-7 this week. For more information about our community groups that meet around the Charleston area throughout the week, find all the details here.