Sunday 11/13 - Saturday 11/19
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. What was the last book you read?
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!
- In our modern times, is wisdom a virtue?
- Have you read any Biblical wisdom literature (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs)? What did you think?
- Read a few examples from the genre - Psalm 1 or Psalm 49:1-15, and a few sample verses from Proverbs 1. Do you think that the issues addressed by Biblical wisdom literature are ones that are addressed in our families and culture? If you didn't read it in scripture, would you be getting it by another means?
- Psalms of wisdom include Psalms 1, 19, 34, 36-37, 49, 73, 111-112, 119, 127-128, 133 and 139. However, there is also a small subset of wisdom Psalms which are concerned with history (8, 78, 104-106, 135-136). The tell the narrative of God and His people, so that the listener can learn their place in the story.
- Read three or more historic Psalm examples. Compare them and discuss which plot elements seem to be major elements in the Old Testament story.
- Many of the Psalms point forward to the ministry of Jesus, such as Psalm 49, which we read from earlier. Did any of the Psalms you read from do so? Look for parts that mention how the problem of sin still needs to be resolved, how God wants to lovingly bind up Israel's wounds, how there is a coming king, coming savior, future forgiveness, or reconciliation for Israel. These prophetic references are called "Typology." There is a "Type," which is something that is referenced which prefigures Jesus (the "Anti-type" or fulfillment of the "Type"). The "Type" probably has meaning for it's time - referring to a real person or historical event - while also serving as a shadow of things to come.
- As a group, sum up what sort of wisdom can be gained from a reading of the Psalms.
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.
- We Delight (Caedmon's Call) - Audio Here / Lyrics Here
- Ancient Words (Michael W. Smith) - Lyric Video Here
- 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 our new president-elect.
- 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!