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DAILY DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE
Fall 2017 > CSBSteve Gaines, General Editor
LIFE BY DESIGNWe live in a broken world. This brokenness is seen in suffering, violence, poverty, pain, and death around us. Brokenness leads us to search for a way to make LIFE work.
The Bible tells us that God originally planned a world that worked perfectlywhere everything and everyone fit together in harmony. God made each of us with a purposeto worship Him and walk with Him. (See Genesis 1:31 and Psalm 19:1.)
Life doesnt work when we ignore God and His original design for our lives. We selfishly insist on doing things our own way. The Bible calls this sin. Sin leads to a place of brokenness. The consequence of our sin is separation from Godin this life and for all of eternity. (See Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23.)
At this point we need a remedysome good news. Because of His love, God did not leave us in our brokenness. Jesus, God in human flesh, came to us and lived perfectly according to Gods Design. Jesus came to rescue usto do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He took our sin and shame to the cross, paying the penalty of our sin by His death. Jesus was then raised from the deadto provide the only way for us to be rescued and restored to a relationship with God. (See John 3:16, Colossians 2:14, and 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.)
We dont have the power to escape this brokenness on our own. We need to be rescued. We must ask God to forgive usturning from sin to trust in Jesus. This is what it means to repent and believe. Believing, we receive new life through Jesus. God turns our lives in a new direction. (See Mark 1:15, Ephesians 2:8-9, and Romans 10:9.)
When God restores our relationship to Him, we begin to discover meaning and purpose in a broken world. Now we can pursue Gods Design in all areas of our lives. Gods Spirit empowers us to recover His Design and assures us of His presence in this life and for all of eternity. (See Philippians 2:13 and Ephesians 2:10.)
Now that you have heard this Good News, God wants you to respond to Him. You can talk to Him using words like these: My life is brokenI recognize its because of my sin. I believe Christ came to live, die, and was raised from the deadto rescue me from my sin. Forgive me. I turn from my selfish ways and put my trust in You. I know that Jesus is Lord of all, and I will follow Him.
Excerpted from Life on Mission: A Simple Way to Share the Gospel.
CONTENTS Bible Reading Plan 6
Memory Verses 7
Introduction to Exodus; Leviticus 8
Using the Daily Discipleship Guide 10
Leader Helps 116
Visual Ideas 160
Coming Next Quarter 162
Sessions Suggested Use Title Page
1 Sept. 3 Reluctance (Ex. 3:4-14; 4:13-16) 12 Leader Helps on page 121
2 Sept. 10 Confrontation (Ex. 7:1-13) 20 Leader Helps on page 124
3 Sept. 17 Liberation (Ex. 12:1-13) 28 Leader Helps on page 127
4 Sept. 24 Victory (Ex. 14:13-28) 36 Leader Helps on page 130
5 Oct. 1 Sufficient (Ex. 16:1-5,11-20) 44 Leader Helps on page 133
6 Oct. 8 Commanded (Ex. 20:1-17) 52 Leader Helps on page 136
7 Oct. 15 Equipped (Ex. 25:1-9; 31:1-6) 60 Leader Helps on page 139
8 Oct. 22 Rebellion (Ex. 32:1-6,11-14) 68 Leader Helps on page 142
9 Oct. 29 His Presence (Ex. 39:42-43; 40:1-4,34-38) 76 Leader Helps on page 145
10 Nov. 5 Set Before (Lev. 1:3-9; 2:1-3; 3:1-5) 84 Leader Helps on page 148
11 Nov. 12 Set Apart (Lev. 9:15-24; 10:1-3) 92 Leader Helps on page 151
12 Nov. 19 Set Free* (Lev. 16:3-10,29-30) 100 Leader Helps on page 154
13 Nov. 26 Set Futures (Lev. 26:3-16,40-45) 108 Leader Helps on page 157
Meet the Writers
Matt Capps serves as Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, North Carolina.
David Jenkins is retired as the pastor of First Baptist Church, Gilmer, Texas.
Dwayne McCrary teaches Bible study at his church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Donna McKinney teaches adult Bible study at Salem Baptist Church in Apex, North Carolina.
Kevin Shrum is Lead Pastor at Inglewood Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
JoEllen Taylor serves as missions assistant at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Daily Discipleship GuideFall 2017Volume 4 Number 1
Eric GeigerVice President, LifeWay Resources
Steve GainesGeneral Editor
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4 E X PL OR E T H E BI BL E
Life is Gods gift. He fashioned every person in his or her mothers womb. Each of us is remarkably and wondrously made (Ps. 139:14). At conception, we begin to live. As we grow, we learn how to live.
This quarter we will study the Books of Exodus and Leviticus. These biblical books are about life. That is why they go together. Exodus describes the new life the Israelites received when the Lord rescued them from Egypt. Leviticus explains how God further taught them to live holy lives for His glory.
In Exodus, God set the Israelites free from bondage. He said, I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from the forced labor of the Egyptians and rescue you . I will redeem you . I will take you as my people, and I will be your God (Ex. 6:6-7).
In Leviticus, through His laws, God told His people how to live holy lives. He said, You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be mine (Lev. 20:26).
Together, Exodus and Leviticus make for a powerful study. As you work through these fascinating books, may you leave behind the old life of sin and bondage and begin a new life for Gods glory through Jesus Christ!
Steve Gaines, Ph.D.
Steve Gaines is the Senior Pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and currently serves as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Gaines holds degrees from Union University (B.S.) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.). H