Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on August 30, 2020
Passage: Psalm 23:6
This Sunday, Mike continued our “Panic” series based on Psalm 23 by showing us how our Shepherd will help us face the future confidently without fear.
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 fear about the future?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. David concludes the 23rd Psalm by displaying his confidence in God’s goodness that would follow him all the days of his life and then into heaven. One of the reasons David faced the future with confidence was his belief that God is a good Shepherd. What do the following verses teach about the goodness of God?
Matthew 10:29-31 (ESV)
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Matthew 7:11 (ESV)
11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
James 1:17 (ESV)
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
- When Paul says “all things work together for good,” do you think he really means all things? In other words, can even bad things, evil things, sinful things work for our ultimate good? Can you think of a specific time in your life when something happened that was not good in itself but you can now see that God worked to bring about something good?
- Are you in the midst of a time of suffering, either the result of your choices or the result of something outside of your control? Is it hard to imagine that God could use your present circumstances to bring about anything good? How can you keep from losing hope?
2. In addition to His goodness, God’s mercy and unfailing love will be our constant companion as we head into the future. According to the following passages, how can walking in grace (God’s power and unmerited love towards you) help you face the future?
1 Corinthians 15:9-10 (ESV)
9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)
10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Titus 2:11-12 (ESV)
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age
- How does the fact that you have already been acquitted of all future sins (grace) affect your attitude toward sin? What did Paul say about this in Romans 6:1?
- In Ephesians 3:20, Paul states that God’s “mighty power” (grace) is working to “accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” What has God’s power enabled you to do that you couldn’t have done in your human strength? (Brag on God and don’t take the credit when you share).
3. David could face the future confidently because heaven was awaiting – “I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” What does these verses tell us about our future in heaven and what hope do they provide for you today?
John 14:2-3 (ESV)
2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
Revelation 21:4-8 (ESV)
4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Philippians 3:20-21 (ESV)
20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
- Do you agree with the oft used adage that “you can be so heavenly minded that you can be no earthly good?” Why or why not?
- How does the hope of heaven affect you each day?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?