Catch up on how things have been since the last time your Impact Group met. Allow anyone new to introduce themselves. Then ask group members:
Over this term we’re looking at a series from the Bible’s song book, the Psalms, as we seek to navigate life together, looking to God in the variety of seasons we face.
Ask for a volunteer to read Psalm 63 to the group, praying a short prayer that – however much they’ve come to know Jesus, they’d know him better as a result of your time together.
Psalm 63 is a poetic expression of David’s feelings and hopes.
In the video, we saw that as the people made sacrifices in the sanctuary, they were reminded that they deserved death – but that God had made drawing near to Him possible.
David looked to the sanctuary. Christians look to Jesus’ death to be reminded of God’s love, power and glory.
After Israel were freed from Egypt, God commanded Moses to build a tent so that God could be approached in worship. This tent went by several names, including ‘the tent of meeting’, ‘the tabernacle’ and ‘the sanctuary’.
The sanctuary served as the portable room of God. Every detail taught the people something of God’s character. By David’s day, it had come to rest in Jerusalem. It was the place where God would live amongst and meet his people, primarily through an intricate God-given system of priests and sacrifices.
These sacrifices had overlapping functions (described in Leviticus 1-7) but together they reminded Israel of the severity of sin, and the way in which God’s forgiveness depended on another dying in their place. So these sacrifices weren’t a means of humans trying to somehow appease God, but something God had provided so that people can be made right with, and draw near to him.
The sanctuary was eventually replaced by a permanent structure, the temple (built by David’s son, Solomon). Both the sanctuary and the temple were fulfilled by Jesus, our perfect sacrifice. When Jesus died, he provided complete satisfaction for the sins of the world. Because we are declared righteous through Jesus’ atoning blood, every obstacle to friendship with God has been removed. Jesus’ death proves beyond doubt that God’s love is better even than life.
Spend some time praying for one another off the back of what you’ve shared.
David pictures the love of God as satisfying and life-giving.
Thank You – Thank everyone for coming, and ask someone to thank God for your time together in prayer.
Ask – Ask those who are new to reading the Bible if they’d like to explore Uncover, a set of sessions in Mark’s Gospel, allowing them to investigate one of the earliest accounts of Jesus’ life alongside one of you.
Church and CU – What does the CU have planned ahead? And what help would group members value in finding a local church?
Others – Who else could you invite to join your CU Impact Group next week? These friends don’t need to be followers of Jesus and may really appreciate being invited.
See You Soon – Tell the group where and when you’ll meet next week, and arrange who will bring snacks. (You might like to alternate healthy and less healthy weeks!). See if anyone would be up for sharing a meal or just hanging out in the meantime!
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