When God Calls Your Name (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “When God Calls Your Name” from our new series, “The Name.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. When was a time that you felt you truly heard from God? How did you know and what did you do?
  2. As we continue our series “The Name” this week, we will delve into Exodus 3:4-12. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture. Next, read Exodus 3:1-12 out loud.
  3. When Moses draws near to the burning bush, God calls to him, “Moses! Moses!” The repetition of a name in Hebrew is a common sign of love or affection (compare 1 Samuel 3:102 Samuel 18:33). What do you think this expression tells us about God and His approach to Moses?
  4. God invites Moses to draw near but there is a limit and a request for Moses to do specific things. What do these actions tell us about Moses’ preparation to draw near to God?
  5. On a related point, how do you personally ‘prepare’ to meet with God, whether on your own or with others in corporate worship?
  6. In verse 6, what would you say the significance is of God referencing both Moses’ father and the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, when talking to Moses?
  7. Verses 7-9 provide us with a revelation of God’s character and plan. First of all, how would you describe God’s understanding of the situation of His people, the Israelites, in slavery? Second, what does God promise that He will do for them?
  8. Moses’ response to God in verse 11 is not necessarily resistance at this point, but appropriate deference and humility. How does this response contrast with Moses’ hasty actions in Exodus 2:11-15?
  9. God responds to Moses with a promise of help and a promise of a sign that will show the fulfillment of His plan. What is the promise of help? What is the sign of fulfillment?
  10. Read Matthew 28:20b and John 14:16-18. How do Jesus’ words connect with God’s words to Moses in Exodus 3? What is God speaking to you now from these words about your life situation? If you are in a small group, discuss this together. If you are on your own, then perhaps you could write down some thoughts on this.

[Next week: We will continue our series “The Name” by looking at Exodus 3:13-22, where Moses and God have a deeper conversation about who God is and what that means for us.]

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