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Psalm 8 - The Majestic Lord

Discussion Questions

  1.  What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 8:1-2. How might verse 2 be an encouragement to you? (See also 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 and Matthew 18:1-4.)
     
  3. Read Psalm 8:3-4. How often are you intentional about pausing to reflect on the beauty of God’s creation? When you look at God’s creation, what truths are brought to mind about God and about man?
     
  4. Read Psalm 8:5-8. How do these verses affect your thoughts, words, and actions towards other people and towards creation? (See also, Psalm 24:1-2, Genesis 2:15, and Deuteronomy 8:17-18.)
     
  5. Read Hebrews 2:5-9. How does this passage shed new light on Psalm 8:4-6?
     
  6. Read Psalm 8:9. Take time in your community group to praise God for His attributes, for His creation, and for His provision for us - ultimately through Jesus Christ.

Psalm 58 - The Just Judgment of God

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 58:1-5. What are some characteristics of the wicked, based on these verses? Contrast those characteristics with the characteristics of righteousness in James 1:19-27
     
  3. Read Psalm 58:6-11. Does this prayer of David make you feel uncomfortable? How might a better understanding of sin, wickedness, and the havoc and heartache that they cause help us to better appreciate prayers like this? 
     
  4. What are some ways we ought to respond to the reality of God’s righteous judgment? (In your own life? In your interactions with believers? In your interactions with non-believers?)
     
  5. Read Matthew 16:24-28 and Revelation 22:10-15. What “reward” is there for the righteous and how to we attain it?
     
  6. Take time in your community group to pray that fellow members of GCC would be spurred to evangelism and evangelistic prayer by the reality of God’s judgment, their passion for God’s glory, and their love for the unsaved.

Psalm 88 - The Cry of the Hurting

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 88:1-2. Have there been times in your life where you’ve cried out to the Lord? More importantly, have you cried out to the Lord for your salvation?
     
  3. Read Psalm 88:3-7. Sometimes it may seem like God’s wrath lies heavy upon you, either as the consequence of sin, or because of a trial that is meant to grow you. In what ways is God’s wrath a mercy to his people? (See Proverbs 3:11-12) How does this perspective help us to run to the Lord in such times instead of running away from Him?
     
  4. Read Psalm 88:8-18. Where do you turn when you’re in the depths of despair or loneliness? What Scripture passages and/or biblical truths have been helpful for you in such times? What are some practical ways your community group can be an encouragement to people who are lonely or in despair?
     
  5. How does Psalm 88 challenge or encourage you in your response to difficult periods in your life as you observe where/when/how the psalmist cries, turns, and calls upon the Lord?  Where else in Scripture to we see a similar response by those in periods of turmoil in life?

Psalm 110 - King-Priest-Messiah

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. Read Psalm 110. How does this Psalm impact your view of who Jesus is? 
     
  3. How is the portrayal of Jesus in Psalm 110 different than popular culture’s portrayal of Jesus? Why is it important to recognize Jesus as a conquering king?
     
  4. What are some of Jesus’ roles as our eternal priest? (See Hebrews 7:23 - 8:6.) In what ways is the priestly service of Jesus better than that of the Old Testament priests?
     
  5. Read Luke 22:31-34. In what ways are you encouraged by Jesus’ conversation with Peter in this passage, in light of His role as our High Priest?