Check here each week for information to prepare your heart for the upcoming sermon and follow-up questions you can use after the sermon to dig deeper and disciple your family!
From Panic to Peace – Psalm 4
1) Truths in the Midst of Turmoil
2) Focus in the Midst of Turmoil
3) Blessings in the Midst of Turmoil
- How has David changed during the writing of this psalm? Why? Have his circumstances changed?
- What all should we do when we are anxious?
- Why can we have joy and peace in the midst of trouble?
- What can you do this week to pursue the presence of God?
Other Passages to Consider:
Num 6:22-26; Ps 16; 63:1-8; John 14:25-27; Rom 5:1-8; Gal 5:22-23; Eph 1:3-6; Phil 4:4-8
Joy in the Midst of Pain – 1 Peter 1:6-9
Reason #1 – The grounds for our joy is our ______________________.
Reason #2 – God has a __________________ for our temporary pain.
Purpose #1 – Assuring us of our ______________ of our salvation/inheritance
(proving the genuineness of our faith)
Purpose #2 – Increasing our ________________ of our salvation.
(purifying the quality of our faith)
- What is the danger of tying our joy to our circumstances?
- Why is the joy of the Christian unshakable – even in the midst of pain?
- How does God use trials in our lives?
- Do you tend to grow closer to God in times of difficulty? Why?
- What (or better, who) is our ultimate inheritance? (see Rom 8:17, Matt 5:8)
Other Passages to Consider:
Matt 5:10-12; John 16:33; 20:29; Rom 8:16-18; Phil 3:10-11; Jam 1:2-4; 1 Pet 4:12-13)
Abide in My Love - John 15:9-11
- To what does Jesus compare his love for us?
- How would you describe the Father’s love for Jesus?
- What does it look like to abide in Christ’s love? Are you doing that?
- How does sin affect our enjoyment of Christ’s love and joy?
- How do we experience Christ’s joy?
- What is the relationship between our joy (v11) and God’s glory (v8)?
Other passages to consider:
John 3:35; 4:34; 5:19-21; 8:29,55; 10:17-18; 12:27-28; 13:1; 14:31; 17:24-26; Eph 3:14-21; Gal 2:20; Heb 12:2; 1 John 1:4-2:6; Rom 8:31-39
Joy and Peace, Even When Life is Hard – Psalm 27
Preparing your heart for the sermon:
- How does David describe the dangers he is facing? What emotions is David experiencing in the midst of this trouble?
- What is David’s passion in life? How does he pursue that passion?
- Why should confidence in God lead to seeking the Lord all the more?
Other passages to consider: Ex 34:5-8; Ps 13; 17; 23; 42:1-2; Isa 40:28-31; Luke 10:38-42; Eph 6:10-20; Heb 1:1-3
- What is your #1 pursuit in life? What should it be?
- What does it look like for you to seek God’s face? How can you grow in this?
- Why can you have peace even in the midst of trials?
- What are you waiting on the Lord for right now? How does this Psalm help you to wait?