1. Why are rules for driving important for us to know? What happens when people don’t know the driving rules?
2. How does our picture of God impact the way we treat His rules? (i.e. Is God a judge waiting to punish us, or a grandfather who won’t punish us for anything, or somewhere in between?) Please give reasons for your answer.
3. The Ten Commandments are the basic “rules of the road” for how people are to relate to God and to each other (Exodus 20:1-17, The Story, pp. 61-62). How would our lives and faith improve if we followed these commands?
4. What can we do to embrace and follow the commandments more fully?
5. Randy Frazee said that three things were necessary for God to draw near to us in the Lower Story and for us to experience His presence. Explain why each is important.
a. There must be rules on how to relate to God and each other.
b. There must be a place for God to live.
c. There must be a way to atone for sin.
6. God no longer dwells in tents or temples; He lives in us (Acts 7:48-50; 1 Corinthians 6:19). How does recognizing that God dwells in us help us to connect His Upper Story to our Lower Story on a daily basis?
7. God is still seeking to connect with us on a personal level. What are some ways that you experience the presence and care of God in your daily lives?
8. How does the sacrificial system in the Story and in the book of Leviticus pave the way for the final sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that would wash away all sins forever?
9. How do some people today try to invent their own way of worshipping God and what are the results?
10. God promised that His presence will be with His people and we would stand out in the world because of His presence. What are some ways that Christians should stand out in the world?