Sept. 16th Study "Psalm 119" Session 10
For the last nine weeks, we have looked at how King David encourages his readers to take seriously the Word of God and make it central to their daily lives. As we study the final verses of Psalm 119, we’re going to see how Scripture shaped David in his prayers, his praise, and his longings. Read verses 169–176.
What does David ask for in verses 169–170? (Understanding and deliverance) In what form does he ask for these to be given? (According to God’s “word”)
Matt observed that David’s desire to be delivered according to God’s Word is the difference between desiring worldly wisdom and the supernatural wisdom that only God can provide.
When have you prayed a prayer similar to David’s? How did you see God respond?
How do you work to differentiate between worldly wisdom and the wisdom of God?
What could you do to be more intentional about pursuing God’s wisdom as you make decisions in the future?
Throughout Psalm 119, we’ve seen David’s love for God’s Word, which manifests itself in these verses by shaping the way he prays. It also surfaces in shaping the way he praises God. Let’s look back specifically at verses 171–172.
How do these verses indicate God’s Word shapes David’s praise?
We never arrive in our relationship with Christ. To walk with Him is to set out on a journey of sanctification in which He molds and shapes us to look like Him. But He has promised that it is a journey He will bring to completion.
The world is competing for your attention. Any number of temptations exists to draw you away from a focus on God and His Word. The Christian life requires intentionality and persistence, but our discipline is fueled by the truth that we serve a loving and caring Father who is with us always. Be encouraged by that truth and let it drive you to God’s Word and to the Word who became flesh—Jesus Christ.
Sept. 9th Bible Study "Psalm 119" Session 9
Read Psalm 119:153–168
How does David describe his circumstances? (Affliction, persecuted, facing adversaries, etc.) How does he describe himself? (Consistent, obedient, righteous, etc.)
In other words, David has remained committed to God’s Word and strives for obedience, yet he looks around and finds his enemies succeeding in their plots against him, which causes him to cry out to God.
In what ways can you relate to his sentiment? What are some ways in which you are prone to similar discouragement? What causes you to wonder where God is at work?
How do you tend to react during those times? Where do you turn for hope and encouragement?
Our tendency many times is to numb the feelings through relationships or substances. Other times, we simply commit to the “moral betterment” Matt described, attempting to improve our performance. But neither is a sustainable solution.
Read verses 161–168.
What concept does Matt say these verses introduce? (Awe)
How does he define “awe”? (Awe is the feeling of worship that occurs when you feel small in the presence of something that feels big.)
How have you experienced awe in your own life? (Seeing the Grand Canyon, swimming in the ocean, staring at the stars, witnessing the birth of a child, etc.)
Despite his discouraging surroundings, David finds awe in the Word of God (v. 161). As he studies and reads, he is exposed to the glory of God. Throughout this study, we’ve said multiple times that the true treasure of our faith is that we get God. He is the primary source of our awe and He transcends our circumstances.
How have you experienced awe in your spiritual life? In what ways did it affect you?
What distracts you from focusing on Christ?
As you consider your answer to these questions, has the Holy Spirit convicted you of any ways that you need to be more intentional about pursuing the things that deepen your love for Christ? What changes will you make as a result of this session?
Sept. 2nd Bible Study "Psalm 119" Session 8
Read Psalm 119:137–152
Throughout the Old Testament, we are often given glimpses of the gospel message. Certain sections more than others foreshadow the coming of Jesus Christ and the fulfillment of God’s promise of salvation to His people. This passage is a great example of that foreshadowing as David lays bare the gospel message we believe today. Read verses 137–144.
Which of the descriptions of God and His Word stands out to you the most from this passage? Why?
What characteristic of God and His Word does David use repeatedly? (Righteous/righteousness)
What term did Matt use to sum up these terms as a description of God? (He is “holy.”)
How would you define the term “holy”? (To be “set apart” in every way.)
David paints a clear picture of God as one who is set apart because He is holy. God is righteous, faithful, good, true, and reliable in every way. In contrast, David provides a picture of himself, which is representative of all of our experiences.
What are some of the descriptions David uses for himself? (“Small,” “despised,” experiencing “trouble” and “anguish”)
According to these verses, what is the opportunity God provides in the midst of our brokenness? (The ability to see our need for Him to save us)
In verses 145–146, we see the call of salvation, an act shared by every Christian at some point in their lives. What circumstances did God allow in your life that eventually led you to cry out to Him for salvation? How did He respond?
What are the two truths Matt highlighted that our hope of salvation rests on? The steadfast love of God and The nearness of God
How have you experienced the steadfast love of God? In what ways is it different from any kind of human love you’ve experienced?
Aug. 26th Bible Study "Psalm 119" Session 7
Read Psalm 119:121–136.
How does David describe himself in verses 122, 124, and 125? (A “servant” of God)
How does David describe the world around him (vs. 121–122, 126)? (Oppressive, insolent, and disobedient to God’s law)
What desire did Matt say characterizes David in this passage? (A desire to be used by God in the lives of others)
What does Matt identify as David’s two motivations for being used by God?
1. A love for God
2. A love for other people
Despite the brokenness of the world, God has a plan. Men and women around the world remain trapped in sin, but as Matt said, “God’s big plan is to send us right into the mess to herald the good news of the gospel.” We are all witnesses of His saving work and He desires to use us as messengers of His good news to those around us.
Throughout this passage, David clearly hates sin, but also desires to see the world around him redeemed. What are some of the areas in your life where God has placed you around those who do not know Him?
How has God given you opportunities to bear witness to the lost? In what ways do you need to grow in your compassion for those who do not have a relationship with Christ?
Aug. 19th Bible Study "Psalm 119" Session 6
Read Psalm 119:97–120.
In verse 103, David describes God’s Word as “honey to my mouth.” What word/phrase would you use to describe your feelings toward the Bible? Do you share a similar appetite for Scripture? Why or why not?
What do you find most challenging about a personal study of God’s Word?
How have you seen God’s Word deepen your understanding throughout your walk with Christ? How has it changed your ability to see what is good and what is false?
Based on your current routines, what are some of the intentional ways you attempt to grow in your understanding through Scripture? What could you do to be more intentional in the weeks ahead?
God’s Word is more than simply words recorded on a page. It is living and active, deepening our understanding of the heart of God, and teaching us how to live wisely. It also sustains us in times of difficulty and uncertainty. Read verses 105–112.
What are the three ways Matt explained that God’s Word sustains us from this passage?
It offers clarity to our uncertainty
It gives us hope in our suffering
It cultivate joy rather than merely happiness
How has God’s Word been a “lamp” for you the way David describes in verse 105? How did it provide clarity in a time of uncertainty?
How have you received hope from God’s Word during a season of suffering?
What did you learn about God as a result of these times?
By clinging to God’s Word, we draw near to God Himself who sustains us and brings forth fruit from our lives for the sake of His glory. One of those fruits is a joy that reaches beyond our circumstances.
Wed, Aug. 12th Bible Study "Psalm 119" Session 5
Read Psalm 119:65–96
What are the five benefits described by David in this passage?
God redeems our suffering for spiritual surgery
We learn our purposeful design in God’s mission
We receive God Himself and all His attributes
We embrace an unshakeable hope
We experience repeated rejuvenation
Read verses 65–72. Throughout this passage, David repeatedly describes the Lord as “good” and having dealt well with him. As you think on your relationship with Christ, how has He been good to you? What have you found to be the benefits of knowing Him?
How does the idea of God as a “surgeon” strike you? In what ways does it reshape the way He can use the suffering you experience for good?
Take a minute to reflect on your relationship with Christ. How has God used suffering in your life to draw you into a deeper relationship with Him? What has He taught you during those times?
What are some of the unique qualities God has given to you?
How has He presented you with opportunities to use those qualities for His glory?
The final two benefits Matt mentioned go hand in hand. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are brought into a relationship with Him that provides an unshakeable hope that regularly rejuvenates our weary souls. Read verses 81–88.
How do these verses demonstrate David’s hope in God through His Word?
How have you experienced hope in times of difficulty and uncertainty? How do those past experiences help to strengthen your hope today?
We will all face times of difficulty and suffering in our lives. It’s an inescapable part of living in a fallen world, but when we believe in Christ our hope is set on God who exists beyond the world and the circumstances we face. That hope keeps us buoyant no matter how high the waters of life rise.
Aug. 5th Bible Study "Psalm 119" Session 4
Discussion Question: Read Psalm 119:48-64
How do you tend to respond to suffering? What do you turn to for comfort and support?
As we know from Psalm 119, David was experiencing oppression and slander from those around him. He suffered like the rest of us and wrote about where he turned for comfort and support, which is important for us because his answers are true for us today as well.
Read verse 50. Matt first pointed out that we find comfort in the promises of God. When you hear that phrase—the promises of God—what comes to mind?
How should the promises of God reshape the way you respond to times of suffering?
Matt described the promises of God as a “warm blanket for a weary soul.” During his journey through chemotherapy, he focused on biblical promises as light in his darkness. They continually remind us of the future that awaits us, but they are not the only source David describes as offering comfort.
What did Matt identify as a second source of comfort from verse 57? (The nearness or presence of God)
One of the lies we often believe is that giving our lives to Jesus will lead to a comfortable life. Yet, nearly every book of the New Testament promises that those who follow Christ will experience suffering. As Matt said, the true gift of our faith in Jesus is that we get God and He is enough regardless of life’s circumstances.
What would look different about your response to suffering if you were able to fix yourself continually on the truth that God is good to you in the midst of it?
Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” In the weeks ahead, what can you do to be more proactive about running to God in times of weakness, failure, and suffering?
If you’re struggling or hurting today, don’t suffer alone. Devote yourself to cultivating a heart and mind that embraces the promises of God as true for you in Christ. He is near to the broken hearted and desires to give rest.
He has also created a common fellowship across the body of Christ. As believers, we are called to bear one another’s burdens and that can only begin when we are honest about the things that burden us. Ask God to open your eyes to the trustworthy believers He has placed around you and invite them into your pain and loss. God is faithful to provide for us and carry us through trial no matter how difficult it may seem.
Wednesday, July 29th Bible Study "Psalm 119" Session 3
Discussion Question: Read Psalm 119:33–48
As we’ve said from the start, this psalm centers on the importance of God’s Word in the lives of His people. And what we see in the first eight verses we’re studying in this session is an increasing awareness of our need for God to transform our posture toward His Word. Verse 33 begins with David asking the Lord to help him remain obedient to the end—a prayer we can all relate to.
In what ways have you grown more disciplined in “keeping” His Word? Where do you find yourself struggling with consistency?
Read verses 41–46.
Matt explained that one of the primary roots of fear is a deeper fear of being rejected. It’s especially so for those of us who struggle with perfectionism. How have you dealt with a fear of rejection in your own life?
Through faith in Jesus Christ, God doesn’t simply like us—He adopts us as His children, members of His family. We belong to Him and He becomes our hope. How should this truth inform our penchant for perfectionism? How should it confront our fears?
Where are you in need of God to supply you with boldness to overcome your fears?
Read verses 46–48.
How do these verses demonstrate a confident walk with Christ?
Like Matt observed, in today’s culture we are far more comfortable with doubt than we are with certainty, especially when it comes to the topic of faith. In what ways do you experience doubt? How do you respond to the doubts in your life?
We belong to a loving Father who desires that we come to Him with our doubts. Experiencing doubt is not a sin, but it does present a choice of whether we will turn to God for confidence or away from Him in fear. Where do you need God to create confidence in you today?
Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we find an answer to the prayers David writes throughout these verses. We also experience the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who continues to lead us into truth. Read Mark 9:21–24.
What does the father ask of Jesus in verse 24? (To help his unbelief)
How should this prayer change the way you approach God with your doubts and fears?
Wednesday, July 22nd Bible Study "Psalm 119" Session 2
Discussion Question: Read Psalm 119:17—32.
What does David expect from God? (That He would deal bountifully with him)
How do you feel about this request? Do you ask and expect from God the same benevolence? Why or why not?
As Matt explained, we have a tendency to view this kind of rhetoric as the “prosperity gospel,” which basically holds that God will give us perfect health and sufficient wealth at all times through faith in Jesus Christ. Put simply, it’s the belief that everything will go our way if we give our lives to Jesus.
What are some of the ways you have witnessed the prosperity gospel?
How does this passage describe the heart of God? (He is a generous Father, even more so than the most generous earthly father.)
How have you practiced confession in your own life?
What were the practical affects you experienced after confessing sin? How did it influence your relationship with Christ? What about your witness to others?
In what ways do you practice confession today? What could you do to grow in that discipline in the days ahead?
We are all in need. The cross of Jesus Christ makes that abundantly clear. But His resurrection also provides us the hope of a new life, which is why confession is such an important part of our walk with Christ. It is an act of faith because it acknowledges that God knows our sin and that He has extended forgiveness through Jesus Christ. As we walk in this discipline, we grow in our confidence with Him. Read verses 27–32.
What obstacles stand in the way of you confessing your sin? (Fear, pride, bitterness, etc.)
How do they keep you from the comfort of God’s presence and power?
How would your life look different if you were to act on the truth you’ve learned today?
Sunday, July 19th message
Wednesday, July 15th Bible Study "Psalm 119" Session 1
1. What are the two categories Matt splits verses 1–16 into? (He said verses 1–8 describe the blessed life while verses 9–16 express David’s desire to understand how to experience the blessed life.)
2. If verses 1–8 describe the blessed life, what does David point out as marks of the blessed life?
3. Based on these verses, would you say you are living the blessed life today? Why or why not?
4. What does verse 1 identify as a foundation for those who are blessed? (Blamelessness)
5. What motivates you to project strength and sufficiency? What fears do you have when it comes to being honest about your struggles?
Wed., July 1st , Weird Part 6
1. What part of the teaching had the most impact on you?
2. How do you respond to the idea that God wants to bless you with a burden?
3. Finish this sentences:
What breaks my heart in the world is...
What breaks my heart among people I know is...
May God bless you and our church with the weirdest blessing possible-his divine burden. As a gathering of Christ followers, we’ve got to figure out what breaks our heart and then act upon it. It is not enough to simply allow ourselves to be broken but through the brokenness, allow God to stir ideas and drive us to minister through it. We’ve been in slumber long enough.... he is calling us to go.... and go we must.
Wed., June 24th , Weird Part 5
Questions for week 5:
1. According to the Ephesians passage, the light of Christ within you produces only what is good and right and true. What would you characterize as a good and right and true about your sex life right now?
2. Read first Corinthians 10:12-13. The apostle Paul also cautions against ever considering ourselves beyond temptation. In what ways might thinking you are beyond sexual temptation make you more vulnerable to it?
3. In general, do you feel that you are always aware of a way out when you are tempted? If so what determines whether or not you take a way out? If not, what leads you to feel that you have no option except to give in when you are tempted?
Wed., June 17th , Weird Part 4
Week 4 Discussion Questions:
1. What part of the teaching had the most impact on you?
2. In the video, Craig lists for characteristics of people pleasers: -People pleasers tend to take criticism personally. -People pleasers feel an extraordinary fear of rejection. -People pleasers find it hard to express their true feelings. -People pleasers have a hard time saying no. Which of the four characteristics do you relate to the most? Why? If possible, illustrate your response with an example from your own experience.
3. Finish this sentence- What I want to remember most from this session is...
Wed., June 10th , Weird Part 3
Wed., June 3rd, Weird Part 2
What was one thing that pierced your heart in the video?
Explain a time when you claimed to be “too busy” but in reality, you just chose something else.
What are some things you could give up in order to free yourself and serve God better?
What are some practical steps to slowing down in our lives? How can you see your life improving by doing less?
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