Opening Question:

Which words would you say best describe your relationship with Jesus and the church:

Shame or freedom?

Guilt or joy?

Obligation or opportunity?

Why did you pick those words?

Let’s read the passage from Sunday to remember how Christ died for all so all could live for Him:

12:21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you. 24 You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever. 25 And when you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service. 26 And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ 27 you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.'” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. 28 Then the people of Israel went and did so; as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did. 29 At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where someone was not dead. 31 Then he summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, “Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as you have said. 32 Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone, and bless me also!” 33 The Egyptians were urgent with the people to send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.” 34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up in their cloaks on their shoulders. 35 The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and for clothing. 36 And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

37 And the people of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. 38 A mixed multitude also went up with them, and very much livestock, both flocks and herds. 39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves. 40 The time that the people of Israel lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41 At the end of 430 years, on that very day, all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

Reflect Together:

Was the Passover lamb a sufficient sacrifice to rescue the Israelites on the night of the final plague? What might that suggest about whether we can trust in Jesus’s sacrifice?


Over time, it can be easy for shame or guilt to define us, even after we become Christians. When you imagine how God thinks of you, do you feel embarrassed or shy? If Jesus’s sacrifice has really paid for your sin and wiped out your shame, do your feelings make sense?

The Israelites and mixed multitude ate “unleavened cakes” as they came out of Egypt (12:39) reminding us that following God requires a life fully dedicated to him (1 Cor. 5:7-8). How dedicated is your life to God? 25%? 75%? What parts are dedicated? When do you find yourself least committed to following God?


Our hearts won’t overflow with the good news of God for the world unless we really receive it as good news. If your relationship with God has begun to drift into obligation, shame, or guilt, consider how you can recapture the joy of your salvation. Brainstorm with your group how you can change your perception of your relationship with God to the truth of what he’s done for you in Christ.

If you’re living in the joy of the Lord, but are struggling to dedicate areas of your life to God, consider which parts are giving you the most trouble. Brainstorm with your group about one new step of obedience you could take in that area this week.