Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message, plus discussion question for community group or personal study this week.
Josh welcomed all and shared the week’s announcements.
Suzanne Verougstraete read Psalm 55 as the basis for Matthew’s message, “God is Faithful When People are Not”. The message was the next in our current series, Songs of Lament and can be heard again on our Audio Resources page.
After the message we sang He’s Always Been Faithful and Josh closed our time together with a benediction.
Projection from the Message:
“After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you want to go away as well?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.’” – John 6:66-69
God is faithful when people are not.
1) The pain of betrayal is great
2) The sustaining power of God is greater still
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, and repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them. He will not be slack with one who hates him. He will repay him to his face.” – Deuteronomy 7:9-10
“Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from before your birth,
carried from the womb;
even to your old age I am he,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save. – Isaiah 46:3-4
Be still my soul the Lord is on thy side
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain
Leave to thy God to order and provide
In ev’ry change He faithful will remain
Be still my soul thy best thy heav’nly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end
Be still my soul thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past
Thy hope thy confidence let nothing shake
All now mysterious shall be bright at last
Be still my soul the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below
Be still my soul when dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears
Then shalt thou better know His love His heart
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears
Be still my soul thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away
1. Why is this Psalm useful for study whether or not one has been personally betrayed?
2. How does the Lord meet us when the pain of betrayal is great? Is this something that you have experienced before?
3. Matthew taught that David doesn’t say that if we cast our burdens on the Lord, He will make everything go away. What does He promise instead?
4. How does God know what it is like to be betrayed? How can His level of understanding help us through our times of betrayal?