Small Group Lesson: God Has Many Names

the_names_of_god_by_eagleknight-d2z4bigWhen God was commissioning Moses to go and deliver the Israelites from Egyptian slavery Moses asked God, (Exodus 3:13) “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God responds by saying, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Jehovah God is the Great I AM!  In our culture we have a tendency to see God by but one name which is no name at all we see and call him God.  But those who interacted with him called him by many names to attempt to capture the full essence of who Jehovah really is.  
This week during our small group time we are going to look at one text and see the beautiful description of God in the 23rd Psalms and see the names of God come to life.

Verse 1: The LORD is my shepherd—Jehovah-Rohi — Literally means The Lord who Shepherds me.

 — When you think of Jehovah God do you see him as the shepherd of your life?  Is He the one who guides you? Is He the one that determines where you will live? where and when you will rest? Do you like Moses proclaim to God if you don’t go before me then I don’t want to Go?  A Shepherd dictates all the sheeps movement, does God direct yours?  IF not, why not?  Is it a trust issue? or a control issue?

I shall not want—Jehovah-Jireh — Literally means The Lord who provides.

— Do you view God as the source of all your provisions?  Are you confident that no matter what befalls you that God can and will make the necessary provisions for you?  Do you worry or do you trust? 

Verse 2: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters—Jehovah-Shalom — literally means the Lord who gives peace
— Does God bring peace to your life?  Do you allow him to be the source of your comfort and rest?  If not, why not?
Verse 3: He restoreth my soul—Jehovah-Rapha — literally means the Lord who heals
— Is God the God of healing in your life? relationships? body, soul, and mind?  If not why not?
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake —Jehovah-Tsidkenu
— He is our righteousness, we do not have a righteousness that is of ourselves our righteousness comes from God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  How might this reality transform your life? 

Verse 5: Thou anointest my head with oil—Jehovah-Mekaddishkem

Heroes of the Faith

Attributes of a Hero
Whether you grew up in a church or not you’ve probably heard biblical names like Moses, Daniel, David, and Sampson.  These Men, along with many other men and women, are often called “Heroes of the Faith” because they accomplished something great for God.  But what made them so special?  Why did God use them?  What attributes should I have if I want to be a hero of faith?  Over the next several weeks we will be answering these questions in a series called Heroes.  We will look into the lives of these characters and see what great feats they accomplished and see what made them so special.  Come join us on Sunday @ 10:30 and watch the stories you heard as a child come to life.  

Everest VBS

Day 1 is over and it was awesome. We had 73 kids registered and 69 in attendance.
Today we learned that God has the power to provide (HOLD ON!!!). We saw how God provided for Elijah in the middle of a drought in the middle of the wilderness by sending Ravens to feed him. Sometimes we think our needs are to big to be met. Sometimes we think the obstacles are to numerous. But I want you to know that the God we serve is bigger than your needs and no obstacle is too numerous. “Our God is so big, so strong, and so mighty. There is nothing our God can’t do!”
Day 2 is over 70 kids got to hear that we all serve a God who is powerful enough to comfort us in our darkest of times. We live in a world where people suffer in so many ways and seek comfort in all the wrong places, Jesus tells us the comforter is the Holy Spirit and he dwells in every believer. So when your beat up, beat down, or just plain hurting call on a God who made you,knows you and loves you. It’s not too late bring your children today.  God has the power to comfort!  (HOLD ON!)
Day 3 is over, another great day with some awesome kids. Today we learned that God has the power to heal (HOLD ON!) we talked about the story of a man named Naaman whom Elisha sent to the river Jordan to dip seven times so that he could be healed of his leprosy. Have you ever felt there was too much hurt or too much pain for God to heal? No disease, no hurt, no pain is too great for the great God we serve. So if you’re hurting physically, emotionally, or mentally I encourage you to cry out to a God who has the power to heal. If you don’t know where to start do what Naaman did he sought out a man of God you can too and we can help.
Day 4 is in the books and it was great. We learned that God has the power to forgive (HOLD ON!) our past, our present, and our future. We learned that Jesus is the only one who can pick up the pieces of our lives and put us back together again. Let’s be honest most, if not all, of us feel, if only occasionally, that we just aren’t enough. We aren’t good enough, lovable enough, wanted enough, passionate enough, committed enough, etc.. we yearn for more, we yearn for completeness, fulfillment, purpose, hope, and a future. The answer to all of this is found in a man, not a system of rules and regulations, a man who came to this earth to eliminate the problem once and for all. Do you know him? Have you heard? Jesus Christ came to this earth to save the sinner even the worst of them and compel them to a life of meaning, hope, and power. Our God is so big, so strong, and so mighty, there is nothing our God can’t do!!!