Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on August 16, 2020
Passage: Psalm 23:3
This Sunday, Mike continued our “Panic” series based on Psalm 23 by showing us how our Shepherd leads us on a path to emotional healing.
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
How would you describe your emotional health during the stay at home pandemic?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. One of the major emotions that ravages our soul is guilt. Some people try to rationalize their guilt. Others try to feel better by comparing their behavior to those who have done worse things. Still others try stuff it down and hide it. None of these approaches can deal with guilt in a healthy way. What can we learn from the following passages about effective ways to deal with guilt?
Psalm 32:1-6 (NLT2)
1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! 3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. 4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude 5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude 6 Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
Acts 3:19 (NLT2)
19 Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.
Hebrews 10:22 (NLT2)
22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
- Why do some people have difficulty alleviating their guilty consciences? What are some ways the world tries to deal with guilt?
- Is there a difference between feeling guilty about a past sin and being remorseful about current sin in your life? What is a Biblical response to both situations?
2. Not all of the things in life that damage our emotions are things we bring upon ourselves. Sometimes we experience grief because of loss and hurt we experience in a fallen and broken world. Jeremiah, known as “the weeping prophet,” authored the Book of Lamentations, in which he lamented (“cried aloud”) over the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the enemy. Jeremiah’s lament is followed by his hope, which can be your hope when you feel like you are drowning in a sea of grief. What are some truths about God that helped Jeremiah in his grief according to the following passage?
Lamentations 3:19-26 (NLT2)
19 The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. 20 I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. 21 Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: 22 The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” 25 The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. 26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD.
- Can you think of a time when grief put you into a deep hole? What happened? What did you learn about God because of it?
- How would you help someone who was dealing with grief? What would you do? What would you say?
3. One of the greatest dangers to our soul is the holding of a grudge. When we are resentful toward others, bitterness will set in and eat us alive on the inside. Forgiving those who hurt us is vital for a healthy emotional life. What did Jesus teach and model regarding forgiving others who have hurt us?
Luke 17:4 (NLT2)
4 Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”
1 Peter 2:23 (NLT2)
23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
Matthew 5:44 (NLT2)
44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!
- How does harboring bitterness hurt you more than it hurts the person who hurt you?
- Is there anyone that comes to mind that you need to forgive? Are you willing to pray for their well being? Is it possible to hold resentment toward someone and simultaneously pray for their well being at the same time?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?