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For Thou Art With Me – Lesson #4

by StoneBridge on August 4th, 2017

For Thou Art with Me

 

“Even Though”

Psalm 23:4

 (August 6-12, 2017)

Life is good on the mountaintops of celebration. But no matter how much we’d like to spend our lives up there, we need to walk through the valleys of challenges, too. Life is tough in the valleys. Still, there are valuable lessons we can learn in the valleys that we could never learn if we stayed on the mountaintops” Crosswalk, 2017.

Answer and discuss the following question with your group.

  1. What things might be considered valley experiences?

 

Read the following excerpt out loud or watch message segment #1.

An excerpt from the StoneBridge message, “Even Though”.

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We are going to have some valleys. No one leads a charmed life. I wish we did. We even say this is our marriage vows – For better for worse. For rich or for poor. In sickness and in health…. till we are parted by death. One of us will face that. We would prefer better than worse – we would prefer rich over poor – we would prefer health over sickness. But we are not promised any of that.  The Bible says that he sends the rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.  We will face valleys.”

Read Psalm 23:4 and answer/discuss the following questions.

  1. What valleys have you walked through?

 

  1. Why do we fear these valley experiences?

 

  1. What does our reaction to these experiences say about:
    1. Ourselves
    2. God

 

Read the following excerpt out loud or watch message segment #2.

An excerpt from the StoneBridge message, “Even Though”.

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“If I follow the shepherd – if I let him lead, then – all the perils that I face while I am in the valley will be dealt with by the shepherd. So I don’t have to be afraid.

 

It is when I try to handle things – when try to handle the valleys by myself that I find myself afraid.”

 

Refer to Mark 4:35-41 and answer/discuss the following questions.

  1. Read Mark 4:35-41. The disciples clearly feared for their lives during the storm. How would you describe/characterize:
    1. The disciples request of Jesus
    2. Jesus reaction to the quest

 

  1. The disciples thought Jesus didn’t care what happened to them. Sometimes when we are in the valley of depression, broken relationship, illness, etc. We too may feel that Jesus doesn’t care. Read John 16:33. What hope does this verse provide?
  2. In the message, we hear stated that the question isn’t “will there be valleys, but do you have the faith in the shepherd to know what to do?” Do you trust the shepherd? How would you answer these questions?

 

Reflection and Wrap-up

  1. Based on this lesson, how would you hope to address the next valley experience you face?

 

Pray Together as a Group

 

Additional Study

If you have time during your Small Group or you want to study more about message topic, read and consider the following passages:

  • Psalms 119:105
  • John 8:12
  • Job 2:9
  • Galatians 2:20

For the printable PDF of this lesson, click the following link:

For Thou Art With Me Lesson 4

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