From Genesis onwards there’s something we can easily miss, but which can open our eyes to how we can read the rest of the Bible.
Our animated series Hidden in Plain Sight is a journey exploring how, throughout the Bible, God’s love is for all people, and why you’ll never look at a Toblerone the same way again.
Why not watch the videos with a small group and let them fuel a conversation about sharing the good news of Jesus with others. We’ve included some discussion questions with each video to get you started.
Part 1: Abraham
- In what ways have you experienced a disconnection between God’s purposes in the world and discipleship in the everyday?
- There are lots of examples of sin’s effects in the world. In light of this what does it mean for God’s people to be a blessing? (Read Gen 11:1-9; 12:1-3)
- Abraham does something unexpected in this section; he obeys God’s word (Gen 12:4). In what ways are you seeking to live in obedience to God’s word so that the families of the earth know God’s blessing?
Part 2: The Law
- How might you answer the question “why do God’s people exist?” (Read Ex 19:4-6; Deut 4:5-8)
- In what ways does God’s law reveal his care and concern for every aspect of life? (Read Lev 18; 25:8-22; Deut 16:18-20; 20: 19-20; 24:5; 17-18)
- Think of the different spheres of life God has placed you in. How might you change the way you live to put God on display so that the nations meet with God?(Family, Work, Studies, Online, Leisure)
Part 3: The Prophets
- What aspects of life cause unnecessary distractions in your life from focusing on God’s character and purposes?
- The purpose for our existence is to glorify God; take some time to consider this purpose in light of these passages (1 Chron 29:10-13; Isa 42:1-8; Ezek 36:16-32; Rom 1:18-23; 3:21-26; Rev 5:9-14; 21:22-23)
- Can you think of contemporary examples of the radical reconciliation which Isaiah pictures between Egypt, Assyria and Israel? (Isa 19:23-25)
- What might this picture mean about our role as God’s people in God’s mission?
Part 4: The Psalms
- Can you think of other Psalms which also have an international outlook?
- In Ps. 96:1 what is new about the “new song”?
- Through this song what do we learn about God’s character and purposes in the world?
- In Ps. 96: 7-8 there is a wonderful invitation. What is problematic about this invite? Where do we fit in this situation?
- This song ends on a note of judgement (Ps. 96:10-11). In what ways is the coming judgment of God a helpful point of connection in sharing the gospel of Jesus? (see Rom 3:9-20; Amos 5:18-24)