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1. As Tim taught in this week’s sermon, “Numbers is about failure and lessons learned and character being forged not through success, but in the crucible of pain and struggle and wilderness.”
What’s been memorable for you from this time spent studying Numbers? What ideas, lessons, insights, questions, or challenges have stood out for you and/or remained with you?
What has spending this time in the book of the wilderness taught you about seasons or experiences is wilderness? What has it taught you about the formation processes that can come with these spaces?
2. A crucial feature of Israel’s formative experience in the wildness is its complete dependence on the Spirit of God which exists at the literal center of their communal life. The 2nd generation, that which is poised to enter the promised land, has spent their lives looking to God for all they need and learning from His spirit how to show up and do the business of living and being. Tim pointed out that they’ve had a radically different experience than that of their parents, whose lives centered around the ways of empire.
In which ways does your life seem more like the 2nd Generation of Israelites in the wilderness, centering and depending on God’s Spirit? In which ways does your life center more around ways of empire? Do you find certain areas of your life more “stuck” in ways of empire? Why do you think that is? What wisdom have you gained as you’ve thought about these types of ideas?
3. Toward the end of his sermon, Tim placed some challenging questions be for us all:
How do we steward our energies of commitment? As people and as a community?
How do we steward our time? Our attention? Our devotion & our allegiance?
And finally, what’s gets your best energies & allegiance?
Take a few moments to consider these questions. What surfaces for you as you ponder? Which question challenges you the most?