1. How does God use the wilderness time to reform and reshape His people? In what ways does their old identity need to be purged for them to move forward? How do you relate to this in your life?
a. How has HCRC experienced this in recent years?
2. What needs to be purged from your life to better enable you to trust God and live in dependence on him?
3. The “cruciform life” is the life that follows the path of Jesus, being crucified with Him, buried with Him, and raised to new life with Him. How do you react to the idea of the “U” representing the path of our lives?
a. How well would you say that you live into this in your own life? In what ways could you embrace it more?
b. How well would you say that HCRC lives into this in the life of the church? In what ways could we embrace it more?
4. Describe the tension in your own life of living in the way of the wilderness versus living to avoid it. Does the way of the wilderness mean intentionally choosing suffering? How?
5. How does God draw near to those who suffer? What is your own experience of this?
“Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess all, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision.” – A Puritan Prayer
6. How does the Puritan prayer that we prayed in church, seen above here, represent your life? How does it challenge you?
*Some questions taken from Leaving Egypt, by Chuck DeGroat