Archive for January 2019

Topics for 01/15/19

  1. Sunday we discussed the concept of God as a Shepherd-King. The concept is all through Scripture.

-Which parts of God’s character are represented by the shepherd metaphor?

-Where in Scripture is God presented as shepherd and king?

[Bonus points if your answers are from the book of Psalms]

2. We sang a new song, “What a Friend” {Matt Maher}

-Can you find the Scriptural basis for lyrics from this song?

Everybody has trials and temptations

Everybody knows heart break, isolation

But we can lay our burdens down (our burdens down)

Lay our burdens down

 

What a friend we have in Jesus

East to west my sins are gone

I see grace on every horizon

And forever and ever His heart is my home

 

Everybody has fears, everybody got worries

Everybody knows sorrow, devastation

But we can lay our burdens down (our burdens down)

Lay our burdens down

 

What a friend we have in Jesus

East to west my sins are gone

I see grace on every horizon

And forever and ever His heart is my home

 

No more betrayal, for He is faithful

He fills me up and my cup runneth over

No more betrayal, for He is faithful

How He has proven it over and over

No more betrayal, for He is faithful

He fills me up and my cup runneth over

No more betrayal, for He is faithful

How He has proven it over and over

Over and over

Published on January 14, 2019 at 10:42 pm |

Topics for 1/8/2019

On Sunday we considered the structure of the book of Psalms. We emphasized that a grasp of the structure of Psalms can help us understand the broader message of what the book is trying to teach us.  However, individual Psalms can be read, understood, applied, and found beneficial apart from the broader context.

In keeping with this theme, what is a favorite psalm that God has used to teach and encourage you?

As a case study, I want us to consider the prayer of Jonah in Jonah 2.  Jonah has been rescued from drowning, but now resides in the belly of a great fish.  His prayer echoes a number of Psalms from various places in the book.  Choose one of the references to Psalms and answer the following quesitons:

  1. What specifically was Jonah intending to communicate by quoting/paraphrasing this Psalm?
  2. What was the intent of the author of the Psalm (if we are aware)?
  3. What place does the Psalm have in the broader story of the book of Psalms (for help here, see summary of the structure of Psalms below)?
  4. Is there any correlation between any/all of these?

Clicke "Read More" to see the text of Jonah 2 with crossreferences in Psalms as well as the Structure of the Book of Psalms.

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Published on January 7, 2019 at 1:42 pm |

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