Grace Community Church

Open to Outsiders?!

Given on October 11, 2020 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Exodus 18
Sermon Series: Freedom to Worship

How does keeping both chapter 17 and 18 in mind help us view our world and its response to God in a way that is both realistic and optimistic? What can Moses’ interaction with Jethro teach us about being an effective ambassador of God’s love with others?
How would you describe Moses’ attitude toward his father-in-law? What is your attitude toward those who may be outside your “nation”?
Matthew Henry, the 17 th century commentator, states that, “there may be over doing even in our well doing!” How can we tell if we are in danger of burning ourselves and others out in our attempts to love God and serve others well? How do you respond to Jesus saying, “my yoke is easy and my burden is light”?
Why do you think the Holy Spirit includes this story of Jethro’s wise counsel to Moses? What does this tell us about God’s attitude toward non-Jews in the OT? How does Jethro’s response to God’s mighty works compare to the Israelites’ typical response? What can we learn from this story that is applicable to how we view leadership and diversity in the body of Christ? Is it possible to teach an old dog new tricks?