Memory text: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV
- To love and to fear God. Have you ever been afraid of God? If so, what kind of fear did you experience? How did you deal with that fear? Did Moses know he was about to die in his old age? What was his main concern for the Israelites as he faced death? Does love ever blend with fear in your relationship with God? What did Moses mean when he told his people to “fear God”? Would you like to write a song before your death as Moses did? In heaven, will we fear God forever? What kind of fear would that be?
- That you may prosper. Did the Lord give Joshua a sure way to enter the land of Canaan? True or False: Joshua was informed by God that no matter what he did, he would be awarded success.> Was that the complete promise? Explain your answer. Have you noticed that people like you who claim to be Christians reveal the depth of their commitment to God in decisions they make from day to day? Will obedience to God guarantee success to see us through to the kingdom of God?
- Toils and struggles of law keepers. Have you ever broken a law? Speeding, perhaps, or not paying fees that were required? If you obey all the traffic laws, can you be 99% sure that you will not be pulled over and served with a ticket? What about the trip to heaven that we long to take before long? How can we count on taking that trip if we long instead for earthly success? Do law-abiding people who are faithful followers of God have a ticket for worldly success no matter what happens?
- Jesus, our example. Does Jesus possess qualities and talents that you and I will never be able to ascribe to ourselves? Have you ever lived a year or a day in perfect harmony with God’s will for you? Is it possible for us to live a life here on earth exactly the same as the life that God has in mind for us? What are some tools or activities you can borrow or copy from the life of Jesus that can draw you closer to being a heavenly example to others?