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Living the Good Life (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Living the Good Life,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church as part of our series on Psalm 23 entitled “The Good Life.” I am preaching from the English Standard Version during this series, so here is the text of Psalm 23 from the ESV:

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Discussion Questions:

  1. This week we begin two weeks looking at “The Good Life” through Psalm 23. We want to explore what it means to live a Psalm 23 type of life all the time. Whether you are alone or with a small group, begin by asking God to speak to you and then read Psalm 23 aloud.
  2. The image of the shepherd is commonly used of God in the Bible. Read some or all of the following passages, then consider what it means that the LORD (Yahweh) is your shepherd:
  • Genesis 49:24
  • Psalm 77:20; 78:52, 70-72; 79:13; 80:1
  • Isaiah 40:11
  • Micah 7:14
  • John 10:11
  • Hebrews 13:20
  1. What would you say is the difference in meaning between the phrases “God is a shepherd” and “the LORD is my shepherd”? What does that communicate to you about your relationship with God?
  2. Sheep require certain conditions for peace, comfort and provision. What is significant about God’s actions and provision in verses 2 and 3?
  3. The end of verse 3 offers perspective on what God’s ultimate aim is. How do you think God’s presence and provision for us might relate with it being “for His name’s sake”?
  4. We will continue to look at verse 4 next week, but it is sufficient to mention that God’s presence changes the encounters we have with dark and fearful valleys. When and how have you experienced God’s presence in dark times in life?
  5. One notable thing about Psalm 23 is that it is attributed to David who, as a great warrior king, was both powerful and strong. What is the meaning and significance of David putting himself in the place of a sheep with God as his shepherd? What does it look like for you to live that way in your life?
  6. What is one specific truth or point of application that God is speaking to you through this study, and how will you live that out this week? Write it down. If you are in a small group, share your thoughts with one another.
 
 

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Living the Good Life

Good Life bannerHow do we really enter into the good life?

This is the heart of what I talked about in my message this past weekend, “Living the Good Life.” This is the first of two weeks on Psalm 23 at Eastbrook Church in our series, “The Good Life.”

The outline and video file for the message is below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can access all the messages from “The Good Life” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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The Good Life

Good Life bannerThe next two weekends at Eastbrook I will speak about “The Good Life” from Psalm 23.

In a world the trivializes nearly everything and mocks both meaning and depth, what sort of truths do we encounter in Psalm 23? While much of our contemporary American Christianity relegates Psalm 23 to either sentimentalism or the closing days of our lives, what would it look like to truly enter into the realities found in Psalm 23 in our daily lives? What does it mean to live the “with-God” life where He is our Shepherd daily and all lifelong? I have a hunch that it would be the good life which so many people are desperately trying to find.

July 19/20“Living the Good Life” – Psalm 23:1-4

July 26/27 – “Sustaining the Good Life” – Psalm 23:4-6

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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What Makes You Wanna Shout?

On June 22 at Eastbrook Church, we had an outdoor worship service with 30 baptisms and block party afterwards called the Big Block Bash. It was a blast to see more than one thousand people spread out worshiping the Lord and celebrating what God is doing in our church, city, and individual lives.

Here is the short message that I preached in the service based out of Luke 19:1-10, where Jesus encounters Zacchaeus. I built the sermon off the question: “what makes you wanna shout?”

Love Your Neighborhood: BIG BLOCK BASH from EastbrookChurch on Vimeo.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Living at the Intersection (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Living at the Intersection,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church as part of our “Love Your Neighborhood” series.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What has been one of the most powerful ways you have experienced love from another person in your life? What happened? What did it mean to you?
  2. This week we continue our series, “Love Your Neighborhood,” by looking at two monumental teachings from Jesus known as the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. We will examine how these key teachings fit together. Whether you are alone or with a small group, begin by asking God to speak to you and then read both Matthew 22:34-40 and 28:18-20 aloud.
  3. In Matthew 22:34-40, Jesus summarizes the entire law of Moses with a very simple statement. What is the essence of what Jesus says, and why would you say that this summarizes all of the Jewish law?
  4. Jesus’ interrogator was a Pharisee, one of the strictest adherents of the religion of Israel in Jesus’ time. It is likely that this interrogator was intending to trap Jesus. Why do you think Jesus’ response may have silenced Him?
  5. Matthew 28:18-20 is often referred to as the Great Commission. What would you say are the main elements of this brief teaching by Jesus to His disciples?
  6. How would you restate Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 22:34-40 and 28:18-20 in your own words? How might you combine them together into one unified statement?
  7. In your own life, would you say you err more on the side of letting your words or your deeds show Jesus? What’s a practical way you could represent Jesus more fully this week by adding deeds to your words, or words to your deeds?
  8. What is one specific truth or point of application that God is speaking to you through this study? Write it down. If you are in a small group, share your thoughts with one another.
 
 

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