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June 9th Sermon Discussion Questions

The Cure for Poor Me-ism

Text: Psalm 73

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  1. From your own spiritual ‘journey’ can any of you relate to that “grass greener on the other side of the fence” syndrome he here admits almost tripped him up? What was his great mistake in his mind-set?
  2. In practical, Monday morning terms how do we gain a grander, transforming vision of the glory of God? Where do we start?
  3. Compare Matthew 5:8 and Psalm 73:1b. Since we know no one (except Jesus himself) was ever totally ‘pure’ (i.e. spotless and unstained by sin) in heart, in biblical terms how are we to rightly understand this term? What did Jesus mean that the pure in heart “shall see God?”
  4. What are some basic truths we need always to understand about the Happy Valley life of the godless? I mean, realities that take the shine off?

May 26th Sermon Discussion Questions

The Heart of the Matter

Text: Psalm 51

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  1. Using the example of David, the author of Psalm 51, as our benchmark, a man had been guilty of egregious sin, how many times have you witnessed such full-throated repentance before God?
  2. What does the relative lack of such examples suggest to you? Why is that? What accounts for that?
  3. What is the relationship of repentance to faith?
  4. What is it that God really wants from us in dealing with our sins? See verses 16-17. What substitutes do people tend to offer?

May 12th Sermon Discussion Questions

Now is the Year of the the Lord's Prayer

Text: Luke 19:1-10

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  1. Can you personally relate to the emotional tension the psalmist describes in verses 1-2. Anything you don’t mind sharing?
  2. How does getting a better perspective of the brevity of life help us chill?
  3. What divine activity accounts for so many harsh or heavy things that come our way?
  4. In this psalm we encounter an awareness in the psalmist that is rare today? What is it?

May 5th Sermon Discussion Questions

A Very Present Help in Time of Trouble

Text: Psalm 46

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  1. When you personally ‘take refuge in God,” what shape has that taken? And what do you notice is the basis or foundation of that response?
  2. How does it fortify you in times of trouble to remember ‘the presence of God?” What should it mean for us to “practice the presence of God?”
  3. What does ‘the sovereignty of God’ mean?
  4. How does the conviction of the sovereignty of God strengthen our faith in the trenches and trials of everyday life?

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