Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message, and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Chris opened our time together with announcements and Antonio Martinez called all to worship with a Prayer of Praise.
The ushers collected tithes and offerings while the band sang My Help, My God.
Josh prayed a prayer of intercession and Bob Shanks read Psalm 71 – the text for this morning’s sermon, “A Lament for the Aging” preached by Matthew as part of our current series, Songs of Lament. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message we sang He Will Hold Me Fast and Matthew closed our time with a benediction.
Projection from the Message:
As you grow older, continue to make the Lord your refuge, for He who has been your rock and fortress all the days of your life will be so to the very end.
“Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.” – Psalm 91:9-13
1) Praise God for his faithfulness to you in the past
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits…” – Psalm 103:1-2
“The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day…” – Genesis 48:15
2) Ask God to glorify his name through you in the present
A) In the world
B) In the church
C) In the next generation
3) Trust God to fulfill his promise to you in the future
A) Remember the character of God
B) Remember the works of God
C) Remember the supremacy of God
“I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 15:50-57
1. Why is Psalm 71 a worthwhile passage to study regardless of your age? If you would not define yourself as a seasoned saint, what truths did God teach you from Matthew’s message? For those who are aging, what was your impression from the message?
2. What is a portent? What is the significance of being a portent for many over the course of your life? What happens when you turn your gaze to the past and see how God has provided for you?
3. When God promises to “save” you, is He promising that life will be easy? What does it mean to have a rock of refuge? How do you make God your refuge specifically when you are dealing with the suffering that comes with aging?
4. Matthew taught that you will never reach a point in your life where you will run out of stories that point to God’s faithfulness in your life. Why should we share these stories? How do you take care that your prayers for the future and accounts of the past are God-centered and not self-centered?