1. What was the greatest moment of your week and what was the worst moment of your week?
2. Pastor Billy showed us that our worship leads us to a clearer and fuller understanding of whom God is. Reflect on the last 6-12 months of your life – what have you learned about God that you didn’t quite understand about Him a year ago?
3. Read Exodus 19 – is there anything that is particularly confusing or challenging to you? Read Exodus 19:4-6 again – we see redemption (v. 4), requirement (v. 5) and reward (v. 6). How does that still apply to us in the new covenant?
4. Pastor Billy mentioned that we find the holiness of God in worship. Holiness demands fear and respect of God. He is not to be trifled with or ignored. How does this still apply in the New Testament? How does God use the married couple’s lack of fear in Acts 5:1-11 to teach the other people in the church an important lesson?
Can you think of any examples in your own life of how fear of God has helped you?
5. It can be a challenge to understand and balance a healthy, appro- priate fear of God with the confidence that He loves and accepts us. Looking at how another person handles this can be helpful. As you read David’s prayer in Psalm 86, jot down how he describes God and what he requests of God.
What would it look like for someone to put too much emphasis on the fear of God over his love and acceptance? How about putting too much emphasis on his love and acceptance?
6. Read Hebrews 4:14-16 and 12:18-29. How has our approach to God changed as a result of the shed blood of Christ? What role should reverent awe of God, like we see in the Exodus story, play in the life of a New Testament believer?
7. Looking back at this week’s teaching and growth guide, what’s most important for you to remember and apply this week?