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9/10/17 Sermon Questions

FAMILY MATTERS – Week 1

Ephesians 5:19-20; 4:20-24; 4:11-16

 

Life Group Questions:

  • What is our church’s 3 core marks of the disciple making process? (hint: we worship, learn and serve together)
  • How are you worshiping God with your whole self, and not just with musical worship?
  • How are you actively learning about Christ?
  • Where do my family and I need to get more involved in the family at First Free Rockford?
  • What are some ways that I can use my spiritual gifts at First Free Rockford?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

KEY THOUGHT: THE BODY OF CHRIST: WORSHIPS, LEARNS, AND SERVES TOGETHER.

 1) WORSHIP TOGETHER (Ephesians 5:19-20)

19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – Ephesians 5:19-20

 

2) LEARN TOGETHER (Ephesians 4:20-24)

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.  22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds ; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:20-24

  • “Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:5
  • “Do not be conformed…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
  • “…For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

 

3) SERVE TOGETHER (Ephesians 4:11-16)

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. – Ephesians 4:11-16

09/03/17 Sermon Questions

PARABLES – Week 5

Luke 17:3-10

Life Group Questions:

  • Have you ever had someone in your life that you had to forgive over and over again? How did you do that?
  • Pastor Luke said, “Our obedience in forgiving others shows that we are trusting God to take care of the consequences, handle the possible misunderstandings, and work everything out for our good and His glory.” How have you seen this to be true?
  • How do you live these truths out in your everyday life?
  • Pastor Luke said, “Privileges must always be balanced with responsibility and faithfulness.” Who do you know that lives this way?
  • How can we pray for you as you live out the truths found in Luke 17:3-10?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

As Jesus made His way to Jerusalem, He continued to teach His disciples and prepare them for what He would suffer there. But He was also preparing them for the time when He would no longer be with them and they would be ministering to others in His place. It was a critical period in their lives.

In this chapter, Luke recorded lessons that Jesus gave His disciples about some of the essentials of the Christian life: forgiveness (Luke 17:1–6), faithfulness (Luke 17:7–10), thankfulness (Luke 17:11–19), and preparedness (Luke 17:20–37).

KEY THOUGHT: FAITH FOCUSES ON DOING, RATHER THAN FEELING.

So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’” – Luke 17:3-10

8/27/17 Sermon Questions

PARABLES – Week 4

Matthew 13:44-52

Life Group Questions:

  • How would you answer this question, “How does one become part of the Kingdom of God?”
  • Are you willing to sacrifice everything you have for everything you need?
  • What are you treasuring in your life more than Christ?
  • Our responsibility is to sow the seed as far and as wide as possible. How are you doing that?
  • How can we pray for you this week?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

KEY THOUGHT: AM I WILLING TO SACRIFICE TEMPORARY TREASURES FOR THE ETERNAL KINGDOM?

THE PARABLE OF THE HIDDEN TREASURE AND THE PEARL

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. – Matthew 13:44-46

Jesus continues his teaching in Parables, but shifts to a different central truth about the Kingdom of God in a different parable. In fact, in the previous parables, Jesus illustrated the nature of the kingdom, the power and influence of the kingdom, and the treasure that the kingdom is in the life of a believer. Now he focuses on the judgment connected with the Kingdom.

KEY THOUGHT: OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT TO SORT FISH; OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO CAST THE NET.

THE PARABLE OF THE NET

47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.  “Yes,” they replied.

52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” – Matthew 13:47-52

SUMMARIZING THOUGHT: SHARE THE TREASURE OF JESUS WITH OTHERS.

8/20/17 Sermon Questions

PARABLES – Week 3

Matthew 13:24-43

Life Group Questions:

  • Do you find it difficult to sit back and not judge others? Or do you find rest in the fact that God will be the judge?
  • How can you personally protect the truth of the gospel?
  • Pastor Luke said, “It is when God’s people go to sleep that Satan works.” How have you seen this to be true?
  • How can you live intentionally for the sake of the gospel this week?
  • How can you plant seeds of truth in the midst of counterfeit worldviews?
  • How can we as a group pray for you this week?

The Parable of the Weeds

24Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. 27“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ 28“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ 29“‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” – Matthew 13:24-30

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” 33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” 34Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.” – Matthew 13:31-35

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”  37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.  38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. – Matthew 13:36-43

  • Field = World
  • Good Seed = Kingdom People
  • Weeds=People of Evil One
  • Enemy = Devil
  • Harvest = End of Age
  • Harvesters = Angels

 

KINGDOM GROWTH, AND HOW TO RESPOND:

1) FALSE FOLLOWERS (BAD GROWTH) (Matthew 13:38-39)

38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. – Matthew 13:38-39

 

OUR RESPONSE: PLANT SEEDS OF TRUTH.

2) CHRIST FOLLOWERS (GOOD GROWTH). (Matthew 13:31-33)

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” – Matthew 13:31-32

33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” – Matthew 13:33

OUR RESPONSE: BE INTENTIONAL IN GOSPEL-LIVING.

 

CONCLUSION:

KINGDOM GROWTH, AND HOW TO RESPOND:

1) FALSE FOLLOWERS (BAD GROWTH) (Matthew 13:38-39)

  • OUR RESPONSE: PLANT SEEDS OF TRUTH.

2) IMMERSED FOLLOWERS (GOOD GROWTH). (Matthew 13:31-32)

  • OUR RESPONSE: BE INTENTIONAL IN GOSPEL-LIVING.

 

 

 

 

 

8/13/17 Sermon Questions

PARABLES – Week 2

Matthew 13:1-23

Life Group Questions:

  • We learned this week that a parable is a story that is used to share a gospel truth. What was your favorite story growing up?
  • How do you know that someone is saved (the Word the fell on good soil)?
  • Are you bearing fruit to the glory of God as you should?
  • Has the Gospel message found a lodging place within your heart and life? How would others know?
  • Read the key thought that Pastor Luke shared at the beginning of his message. Do you agree or disagree? How does the scripture from this weekend’s sermon support this key thought?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

 KEY THOUGHTS: 

OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT TO PRODUCE: THE SEED, THE SOIL, OR THE FRUIT.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO SOW THE SEED AS FAR AND AS WIDE AS WE ARE ABLE.

SCRIPTURE:

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

 – Matthew 13:1-9

KINGDOM GROWTH:

1) CHRISTLIKENESS meaning we are becoming more and more like Christ, or… sanctification through the Justification that we received through Christ’s death and resurrection.

  • Romans 6:22 says: 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. – Romans 6:22

2) SPIRITUAL FRUIT this is behaving more like Christ. Through producing the fruit of the Spirit.

  • Galatians 5:22-23 says: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

3) KINGDOM CARE that is we are burdened like him.

  • Romans 1:13 says: 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles. – Romans 1:13

 

THE FOUR SOILS:

  1. THE HARD SOIL (Matthew 13:4,19)
  • As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  – Matthew 13:4
  • 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. – Matthew 13:19
  1. THE STONY SOIL (Matthew 13:5-6, 20-21)
  • Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. – Matthew 13:5-6
  • 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. – Matthew 13:20-21
  1. THE THORNY SOIL (Matthew 13:7, 22)
  • Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. – Matthew 13:7
  • 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. – Matthew 13:22
  1. THE GOOD SOIL (Matthew 13:8, 23) 
  • Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. – Matthew 13:8
  • 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” – Matthew 13:23

8/6/17 Sermon Questions

PARABLES – Week 1

Matthew 25:14-30

Life Group Questions:

  • What are you doing right now with a kingdom mindset?
  • How are you living and serving in light of the future?
  • Where am I investing God’s grace into other people’s lives?
  • Where am I investing my resources (time, money, energy) for the kingdom of God?
  • Could we a life group sponsor a woman together through Global Fingerprints?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

PARABLES: THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
  1. THEY ILLUSTRATE A CENTRAL TRUTH ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
  2. THEY ARE NOT ALLEGORIES, AND THEY DON’T STAND ALONE.
  3. THEIR PRIMARY PURPOSE WAS BOTH TO CONCEAL AND REVEAL.
 KEY THOUGHT: AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST, WE ARE TO LIVE AND SERVE IN LIGHT OF THE FUTURE.

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ 21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ 23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’  24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’  26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.  28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:14-30

 

 

 

Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

7/30/17 Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Week 9

Psalm 150

Life Group Questions:
  • Throughout our summer playlist series, what is one thing you learned?
  • What is one thing you have applied?
  • Pastor Luke said, “Worship is not about the worshiper and our needs; it is about God and His power and glory.” Do you believe that to be true? Do you live that way?
  • How do you worship God with your life?
  • How can we as a group pray for you this week?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:

Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord. – Psalm 150:1-6

 

1) WHO WE WORSHIP. THE LORD. (Psalm 150: 1a, 6b)

1a Praise the Lord. – Psalm 150:1a

6b praise the Lord. – Psalm 150:6b

 

2) WHERE WE WORSHIP. HEAVEN AND EARTH. (Psalm 150:1b)

Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. – Psalm 150:1b

 

3) WHY WE WORSHIP. GOD’S ACTS AND ATTRIBUTES. (Psalm 150:2)

Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. – Psalm 150:2

 

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. – Psalm 150:3-6

 

 

 

 

Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

7/23/17 Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Week 8

Psalm 27

Life Group Questions:
  • What are the circumstances in my life that are most likely to distract me from my future?
  • How can I look at those circumstances from a Heavenly perspective?
  • How do you find safety and refuge in God?
  • From Pastor Luke’s sermon, how can you wait on the Lord? What does that look like?

Sermon Notes and Scripture:

OVERCOMING FEAR:

  1. EXAMINE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES FROM A HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE. (Psalm 27:1-6)

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?  When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. – Psalm 27:1-6

 

  1. SURRENDER YOUR FEARS TO AN EVER-PRESENT HEAVENLY FATHER. (Psalm 27:7-10)

Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. – Psalm 27:7-10

 

  1. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE PRESENT WILL BRING, BUT CHRIST IS MY FUTURE. (Psalm 27:11-14)

11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. 13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:11-14

Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

7/16/17 Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Week 7

Psalm 146

Life Group Questions:
  • Share a time this week that you reacted without thinking.
  • How have you focused on the eternal this week? How can you do that this coming week? (reference Psalm 146: 1-4)
  • Pastor Luke said, “There is no greater thief to joy, than comparing ourselves with someone else, and there is no greater fullness of joy than celebrating our life in Christ.” Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  • Pastor Luke shared this thought, “During his ministry on earth, Jesus revealed God’s love by helping people who were hungry, sick, crippled, blind, bowed down, and otherwise unable to help themselves.” How are we following His example?
  • How can you improve to continue God’s work in your vocation?

 Recap of previous weeks in the sermon series:

  • Psalm 1 – When we’re connected to God’s Word and other followers of Christ, we’ll have what we need when we need it.
  • Psalm 51 – As followers of Christ, we need to value what God values.
  • Psalm 46 – God is… in those times of difficulties, we need to remember that God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.
  • Psalm 15 – How are we living the Christian life that Christ has called us to live? How are we measuring up to God’s greatness?
  • Psalm 19 – David asking… How big is your God?
  • Psalm 23 – A Psalm that is all about the Shepherd, not the valleys.
Sermon Notes and Scripture:

TWO WAYS TO LIVE A LIFE OF PRAISE:

  1. A LIFE OF PRAISE FOCUSES ON THE ETERNAL, NOT THE TEMPORARY. (Psalm 146:1-6) 

Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes,  in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—he remains faithful forever. – Psalm 146:1-6

 

  1. A LIFE OF GRATITUDE CONTINUES GOD’S WORK. (Psalm 146:7-10)

He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free, 8the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, 

the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. 10 The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord. – Psalm 146:7-10

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, – Luke 4:18

19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” – Galatians 2:19-21

 

FINAL THOUGHT:

SALVATION CHANGES BOTH OUR DESTINATION AND VOCATION.

 

Summer Playlist a Series on the Psalms

7/9/17 Sermon Questions

SUMMER PLAYLIST – Week 6

Psalm 23

Life Group Questions:
  • Read Psalm 23:1. Allow that verse to sink in a moment. How does that truth fuel your faith?
  • Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you thought God was punishing you, but in retrospect He was really protecting you?
  • Pastor Luke shared about why sheep do not like to go to water. What limitations or weakness is God taking into account for you right now, and gently leading you through?
  • What do you know about God and His will for your life? How well do you know the Word of God?
  • How have you sensed the Shepherd leading you?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:

KEY THOUGHT: THIS IS NOT A PSALM ABOUT VALLEYS; IT’S A PSALM ABOUT THE SHEPHERD!

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1

  1. SOME FRUSTRATION AND CONFUSION. (Psalm 23:2)  He makes me lie down in green pastures.
  2. TO BE LED GENTLY. (Psalm 23:2b)  He leads me beside quiet waters.
  3. A BLESSING NOT A BEATING. (Psalm 23:3a)  He refreshes my soul.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

  1. TO BE LED CLEARLY. (Psalm 23:3b) He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6

33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33

  1. EVERY VALLEY TO EVENTUALLY LEAD TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP. (Psalm 23:4-6)

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.