Leviticus: Holy and Common (Leviticus 10:1–11)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS — These are announcements specific to the Moscow Campus.

  • Marriage Class
    God’s Holy Design for a Happy Marriage
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  • Baptism
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  • Winter Jam 2016
    November 20, 3:00—11:59 pm
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WELCOME — Don’t read through the list; this is something that you model.

  • Help new believers, visitors, and members feel valued and welcomed.
  • Start at the moment someone arrives and don’t end until everyone is gone.
  • Establish a foundation for relationships.

OPENING PRAYER — Don’t read through the list; this is something that you model.

  • Invite God’s Holy Spirit into our presence.
  • Prepare our hearts for what God has for us.
  • Shift our attention from individual fellowship to the group.

PURPOSE/VISION CASTING — Don’t read through the list; say them in your own words.

“The purpose of this group is…”

  • to mature in our relationship with God.
  • to have the people we need around us to disciple and encourage us.
  • to be here for others in the group; to encourage and disciple others.
  • to live life together; we are here for each other in the joyful and difficult moments of our lives.
  • to invite other people into a relational environment, which means our group will branch at some point; when that point comes, if you would like to lead or host a group, please let me know.

GROUND RULES — Cover all the ground rules.

  • Confidentiality: What’s said in the group stays in the group.
  • Listen: Let’s value one another during the discussions by really listening to what is being shared. Try to avoid thinking about how you are going to respond or what you are going to say next.
  • Pause: Allow a pause in conversation after someone shares to give the person sharing a chance to finish and give the group an opportunity to consider what was shared before responding.
  • Silence: It is important to allow silence in the group as it provides an opportunity for someone to share and for members in the group to process the topic or question being considered.
  • No Cross Talk: Be considerate of others as they are sharing. No side conversations.
  • No Fixing: We are not here to fix each other. Jesus does that. Give encouragement, speak truth, and point to Jesus. Don’t try to fix each other.
  • No Rescuing: When people are sharing something deeply personal, there can be a tendency to make them feel better about themselves or the situation by providing immediate condolences. This will often cause them to stop sharing. Resist the temptation to rescue people.
  • Sharing: Be sensitive about the amount of time you share.
  • Use “I” statements: It’s easy to talk about the issues of others, but for our purposes, we want you to put yourself on the table. Try to use “I” statements rather than “they,” “the church,” “us,” “we,” etc.
  • Household Rules: We appreciate those who open their home up to CARE Groups and out of respect to them we need to… (e.g., take shoes off, clean up toys afterward, put chairs back, leave by 8:00 pm, etc.)

OPENING CONNECTION — Use the following icebreaker.

  • What is a skill you would love to learn?

STORY PREPARATION — Introduce today’s story.

  • “Last Sunday Paule continued our Leviticus series with a look at how we as a Kingdom of priests need to differentiate between holy and common, unclean and clean. We will be looking at Leviticus 10:1–11 as we consider our role in calling out the best in those around us and bringing light to dark places.”

1) They help the people navigate their atonement. You come to the temple and the priest shows you how to complete the sacrifice God requires. They also explain to you what you are supposed to see in the ritual. We have the same call to the world. How do we help them see who they are before God?

2) They put God on display. To be frank, they look funny. They dress differently, they eat differently, they marry differently. They are a physical reminder of your God. When you look at them, you think, “Boy, he’s kind of different.” Yes, because our God is different. Why is our God different? Because our God loves — no other God does that. As Israelites/Christians, we are called to “look different” so the world says, “You’re kind of different.” Yes, because our God…

3) They distribute resources to the marginalized and oppressed (the alien, the orphan, and the widow). People bring their tithes to the temple. Some of it goes to the Levites, but the rest goes to those in need. People bring sacrifices to the temple. Part of it goes on the altar, part can be eaten by the priests, and the rest goes to those in need. The priests distribute the resources to those in need. Our call is the same.

4) They intercede on behalf of others. The priest stands in the gap between God and the people and tells them what God requires; when the people fall short, the priest pleads the case of the people and asks for God’s grace. We should be people pleading for God’s grace and mercy on those who don’t believe — not asking for them to burn in hell!

TELL THE STORY — Story the passage from memory.

  • Leviticus 10:1–11
    • Tell the story as accurately and convincingly (passionately) as you can from memory.
    • Relax and have fun—you do not have to do this perfectly.
    • Make eye contact with the group and use positive body language.
    • Avoid making personal comments during the story.

REBUILD THE STORY — Have someone read the passage.

  • Leviticus 10:1–11

SERMON IMPLICATIONS — Summarize these for the group.

  • Your role as priest is to protect the reputation and story of God.
  • Your job as priest is to draw light from dark places.
  • Your job as priest is to be light in dark places.

DEBRIEF THE PASSAGE — Ask the questions.

  • Which sermon implication meant the most to you? Why?
  • Describe a time when you observed someone act inappropriately towards their position (e.g., a parent did not protect their child, a spiritual leader had a moral failure, a police officer broke a law). What did this mean to you personally?
  • God rejected the fire as common; how do we determine what holiness (or being set apart) looks like today?
  • What tension do you experience when attempting to live holy (set apart) while also avoiding becoming an isolationist?
  • What does it mean to you to be light in dark places? What are some practical ways you have done that, or ways you should start?
  • What has God recently revealed to you that you needed to set apart for Him?

CLOSE IN PRAYER — Don’t read through the list; choose a way to close in prayer.

  • Take prayer requests.
  • Pray about the conversation that you just had.
  • Break up in smaller groups to pray as an option.

NEXT WEEK’S STORY — Luke 1:1–21.