Sunday 11/6 - Saturday 11/12
Choose how you'd like to do Warm Ups + Getting Started:
- As a large group. Best for groups of 7 or less.
- Split into men's & women's groups.
- In Trios. Break off into same-gender groups of three.
1. Share your high moment of the week.
2. Share your low moment of the week.
3. Would you rather be 7' 6" tall or 4' 2" tall? (Would You Rather, Fields)
4. How did God remind you of His presence this week?
Note for Leaders: You don't have to do every question listed. Choose the best ones for your group!
- Have you ever gone to the Bible to receive comfort? How did you go about finding a comforting passage?
- Where did you go? Psalsm 23? Isaiah 40? John 3:16? Somewhere else?
- Take a look at a few of these Psalms of comfort. In what ways do they go about comforting us? Are there common themes or structural elements?
- 4, 18, 23, 27-28, 31-32, 34, 40, 43, 46, 63, 68, 71, 73, 91, 97, 100, 103, 121, 130, 146
- Having looked at a few Psalms of Comfort, do you feel that reading/praying them when you're feeling down would be beneficial? Why?
- When we're feeling down, our first instinct might not be to go to the Psalms. However, that might be exactly where we need to go! Read: "If we want to read and to pray the prayers of the Bible and especially the Psalms, therefore, we must not ask first what they have to do with us, but what they have to do with Jesus Christ. We must ask how we can understand the Psalms as God's Word, and then we shall be able to pray them. It does not depend, therefore, on whether the Psalms express adequately that which we feel at a given moment in our heart. If we are to pray aright, perhaps it is quite necessary that we pray contrary to our own heart. Not what we want to pray is important, but what God wants us to pray. If we were dependent entirely on ourselves, we would probably pray on only the fourth petition of the Lord's Prayer. But God wants it otherwise. The richness of the Word of God ought to determine our prayer, not the poverty of our heart." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible
- Start by reading the context of Psalm 32 from the first two lines of this commentary, then Re-Read Psalm 32, which was Pastor Michael's sermon text. for this week.
- The Psalm is meaningful even if we don't know the author's context. However, knowing that the Psalm was written shortly after the Bathsheeba incident (FYI - 2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 51) how does that give the Psalm additional color? What lines in the Psalm related to David's personal experience with wickedness, heartache, confess and forgiveness?
- What does this Psalm have to do with Jesus? How does it allude to the Gospel?
- Where do you see comfort in this Psalm? In what situation might this Psalm be good to pray as your own?
- How might it help you in a moment of need if you had one of the Psalms of comfort memorized?
- Perhaps your group could commit to memorizing one for use during prayer time at your next meeting! Perhaps a short one such as 23, 100, 121 or 130. Our New Testament reading for this week was from Revelation 7:9-17. It describes a heavenly scene in which the comforted, forgiven multitude of those followers of Jesus who have gone before us are praising God in Heaven. When we pray the Psalms, in what way does it unite us with that multitude?
Optional Worship Song
- If you'd like, you can sing the following song as a group. Be sure to turn up the volume so that less confident singers feel comfortable.
- Check out our LIFEGroup playlist at songs.sjdenver.org
- In your prayers for this week, please consider the following!
- Those in your life who don't know Jesus. Pray for them by name!
- Pray that God would entrust you with someone who needs a Christian voice in their life.
- St. John's multi-site campus plant in the Highlands.
- Pray for a Gospel movement in our city.
- Pray for our nation and the election coming up.
- Shake it up! You might try a different prayer posture this week. Did you know that people in the Old Testament prayed by looking up toward Heaven and stretching their arms out? You could also hold hands as a group, etc.
- Click here for ideas on how to pray as a group.
Serve Our City
- Has your group planned an opportunity to serve our city for this semester? Click Here for a list of Service Ideas!
- Was there a glitch in today's material? Want to request a song? Do you have a suggestion? Click Here!