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:
Ask for a volunteer to read Psalm 124 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.
If you’re not gathered in person, the leader should project the video for the group through sharing their screen. If you’re using Zoom, make sure you have optimized your screen share for video.
Suggested questions to help your discussion.
The first Passover took place whilst the people of Israel were enslaved in Egypt. You can read about it in Exodus 12.
God had declared that, in his wrath, he would strike down every firstborn – both humans and animals – to bring judgement on Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt. Yet if a lamb was slaughtered and its blood painted over the lintel and doorframe of a house, it died in the place of the firstborn. The family sheltered under the blood of the lamb.
This act of judgement finally persuaded Pharaoh to let the people of Israel leave Egypt. Pharaoh soon changed his mind and pursued them with his army. It was only the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 13:17-14:31) and subsequent destruction of the Egyptian armies that allowed Israel to be finally free.
Together, these actions made Passover a kind of ‘birth’ of the nation of Israel: acts in which God freed his people by the blood of a lamb so that they might enjoy the freedom of his presence and the promise of his blessing, away from their enemies. It became of one of three compulsory celebrations that God’s people were asked to attend in Jerusalem (Leviticus 23:4-8) and an annual time of reflection.
The Passover sacrifice is fulfilled by Jesus. Jesus is frequently depicted as having the very characteristics of the Passover lamb (see, for example, John 19:31-34, 36). He came to take away the sin of the world – to die on a cross so that those who trust him can be rescued from his wrath for the freedom of God’s presence forever.
Put on some instrumental music and take a few minutes to reflect individually on the past academic year using the questions below. If you’re meeting online, encourage group members to turn their screens off and post questions into the chat:
After a few minutes, encourage group members who feel able to turn their reflections into one sentence prayers. Close the section by re-reading Psalm 124:8.
Watch vlogger Jack Edwards finish packing up his room at university at the end of term.
Ideas for a shared challenge:
You may have people in your Impact Group who are new to reading the Bible, and who are already seeing how much emotional sense it makes of our lives:
Confirm the time that you’ll meet next week, and ask someone to close your time together in prayer.
Taking it further – links you might like to share with your Impact Group
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