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.
Josh opened our time together with announcements and Kevin Khoffie read 1 Chronicles 29:10-13.
We sang He is Jesus and Beth Webb shared a testimony.
Mike Hickman read Psalm 77 as the text for Matthew’s message, “The Ground of Sorrow and the Source of Faith” as part of our current series, Songs of Lament. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
Projection from the message:
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
1) The Ground of our Sorrow (Psalm 77:1-9)
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD…” – Jeremiah 29:13-14
2) The Source of our Faith (Psalm 77:10-20)
“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. The Egyptians pursued and went in after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen…Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.’ So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. And as the Egyptians fled into it, the LORD threw the Egyptians into the midst of the sea. The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained. But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.” – Exodus 14:21-23, 26-29
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1:3-7
“Christians do not say, ‘I do not understand you at all, but I trust you anyway.’ Rather we say, ‘I do not understand you in this situation, but I understand why I trust you anyway. Therefore I can trust that you understand even though I don’t.’ If we do not know why we trust God in the beginning, then we will always need to know exactly what God is doing in order to trust him. Failing to grasp that, we may not be able to continue trusting him, for anything we do not understand may count decisively against what we are able to trust. If, on the other hand, we do know why we trust God, we will be able to trust him in situations where we do not understand what he is doing.” – Os Guinness
The way of lament turns the ground of our sorrow into the source of our faith.
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4
1. Why is suffering harder when you are a Christian?
2. How do we reconcile our past experience of God with our present experience of suffering?
3. In your experience, when you are in the “day of trouble”, what do you tend to turn to? Is it the Lord? Something/someone else?
4. What happens when we refuse to voice our questions to God when we are lamenting? How does that cause us to miss His grace?
5. What is the surprising source of strength this this Psalm? How do we access the source as well? Who has God objectively revealed Himself to be throughout the pages of history? How is this a foundation for our faith?