These questions are for the October 22, 2017 sermon, “But God is the Strength." Please read the sermon passage (Psalm 73:21-28) together out loud. SERMON OUTLINE WHEN FEELING DEFEATED, BEGIN TO . . . 1. Assess the condition of the soul (21-24) a. We easily look back on dark and hard days, when we were embittered toward God. i. We get rid of bitterness by surrendering it to the Lord, ii. And not surrendering to it (bitterness). iii. PAST: embittered iv. PRESENT: the presence of the LORD which produces protection and guidance. v. FUTURE: received by the LORD to glory. b. Though there "was" darkness (vv 21-22), there IS a good and loving God (23-24) 2. Assess the characteristics of the LORD (25-26) a. In having the LORD, I have everything--every provision--that I need. b. The person of the LORD is the provision of the LORD. c. If ______ is my substitute for God, then when I lose ______, I lose everything. d. God himself is the strength of my heart (internal) and flesh (external). 3. Assess the contrasts of the world (27-28) a. "Behold" is a visual word: "Look at this, those far from God will perish . . ." b. Those far from the LORD may appear to win short-term victories. c. The point of living is to tell of the excellencies of living in close proximity to God. Life Group Discussion Questions 1.
Based on #1, above: Are you, in any way, bitter toward God for past disappointments? How have you processed past disappointments?
Based on #1, above: Though there WAS darkness, there IS a good and loving God. How does God's "present" presence protect you, guide you and satisfy of your soul?
Based on #2, above: When we substitute anything (money, significance or even our family) for the preeminent place reserved for God, we are setting ourselves up for great and sorrowful loss. Is there any good thing in your life that you sometimes make the main thing? What practical steps can you take in order to make sure that God remains "the main thing" in your life?
Based on #3, above: Those who live far from God will perish. What "visuals" ("behold!") can you put in front of your eyes to remind you that you want to live in close proximity to God.
Based on #3, above: You remain in this world after you are converted to Jesus Christ for the purpose of telling of all of his works. Who is listening to you right now? Are you actively telling about God's works? Where are you bold? Where are you timid? How can we pray for you?
Nov 19, 2017 - LIFE GROUP SERMON SUMMARY QUESTIONS ... Life Group Discussion Questions ... They will die physically, but then live forever with him.
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Oct 15, 2017 - LORD to do act. How do you do with waiting? Why is praying and then taking matters in to your own hands the same thing as being faithless?
Feb 25, 2018 - Haman thinks he is the "insider" who is in control of the situation. b. Mordecai seems to be on the "outside" and about to be executed. c. Be careful! i. God has a way of turning the tables, making outsiders into insiders. ii. Do not .
Nov 27, 2016 - The light shines in us, by God's grace. He takes the ... a song of praise to him together. Celebrate God's power, authority and love in Jesus Christ.
Mar 18, 2018 - Lasting memorials to counter human forgetfulness (9:16-32) a. God used Esther to deliver the Jews and to begin the celebration of Purim. b.
b. Esther is a woman of tremendous courage. God grants her favor in the king's eyes. i. The king pledges a positive response, but the promise is made in private.
Esther sends Mordecai clothes (external), but the real angst is in his heart. ii. She is afraid to act on behalf of the Jews (speaking up might result in death). b.
A. This king reigns over every nation, and brings joy to all who trust him. B. The wonderful One has ... You made yourself God's enemy. You deserve God's wrath.
Dec 24, 2017 - LIFE GROUP SERMON SUMMARY QUESTIONS. ADVENT SERIES ... A colt will be tied up, to be used by Jesus (even this was in Judah!). b.
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Dec 4, 2016 - A. God rules over this world of his with sound judgment. ... above: In what way do you have joy because of the work of God in Christ Jesus?