Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on August 9, 2020
Passage: Psalm 23:2
This Sunday, Mike continued our “Panic” series based on Psalm 23 by giving us three reminders for when the pressure of life increases.
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 the biggest pressure or area of stress you are facing right now?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. As our good shepherd, Jesus stays with us in the ups and downs of life. Whether we can sense His presence or not, He has promised to stay by our side and guide us. In the sermon, Mike shared a verse from Hebrews 13:5 in the Amplified translation. What does the writer of this verse ask of us? What does God promise us?
Hebrews 13:5 (AMP)
5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
- Does the presence of Jesus mean that we will experience a life of ease and comfort? If not, why not?
- How does the constant presence of Jesus by the Holy Spirit help you deal with the pressure and stress of life?
2. In the message, Mike said that sheep will not rest when they are hungry. This helps us understand why the Psalmist said that God will let us lie down in green pastures where there is plenty of food. According to the following passages, how does the word of God fill and satisfy you?
Jeremiah 15:16 (ESV)
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.
Matthew 4:4 (NLT2)
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
1 Peter 2:2-3 (NLT2)
2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, 3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
- How can the truths of God’s Word help you combat the stress and pressures of life? Do you have a favorite verse or passage that you go to when life turns up the pressure?
- When you spend time in God’s Word (readying and studying), do you allow it to fill you or is it more like a snack food? What adjustments might you need to make in order to get filled with the Word of God on a daily basis?
3. Sheep don’t have good instincts. They need a shepherd to lead them. Shepherds can’t drive sheep, they must be led. A shepherd must get out in front of the sheep and lead with the sound of his voice. When the sheep recognize their shepherd’s voice, they follow. According to the following passage, what are some characteristics of followers of Christ?
John 10:3-5,27 (NLT2)
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…27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
- How do you listen to your Shepherd?
- Is it enough to just hear God’s voice or is something else required?
- How does obeying the Lord help us deal with the stress and pressures of life?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?