Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on August 2, 2020
Passage: Psalm 23:1
This Sunday, Mike kicked off our “Panic” series based on Psalm 23.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
What is your greatest concern or worry?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. As our good shepherd, Jesus will provide, protect, guide, and correct us. What can you learn from John 10:1-11 about Jesus as our shepherd?
John 10:1-11 (NLT2)
1 “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” 6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.
- What does this passage say about us as his sheep?
- Do you ever doubt that “God will take care of me” as Mike stated in the message? Why or why not?
2. In the message, Mike said that “playing God” is the root of worry because it comes down who we believe is really in control of our lives. Why do we sometimes have such a hard time giving up control of our lives, or certain areas of our lives to the Lord?
We all have concerns. When does concern become worry?
Do you ever try to control people, circumstances, and outcomes by worrying? If so, what might change about your life and the situations that concern you if you prayed more about your concerns as much as you worry?
In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul tells us to “worry about nothing” and instead, “pray about everything.” Do you think this is doable for you? If so, what would this look like as you go through your daily routine?
3. In Matthew 6:34, Jesus said that each day has enough trouble of its own and that we need to take one day at a time. What is the difference between planning for the future and worrying about the future?
4. What do the following passages teach us about why we shouldn’t allow worry to consume us?
Joshua 1:9 (NLT2)
9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Psalm 94:16-19 (NLT2)
16 Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers? 17 Unless the LORD had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. 18 I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O LORD, supported me. 19 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
Luke 12:24-34 (NLT2)
24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? 27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. 32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. 33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?