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For Thou Art With Me – Lesson #6

by StoneBridge on August 17th, 2017

“For Thou Art with Me”

“Goodness and Mercy”

Psalm 23:6

 (August 20, 2017)

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked with a mere mortal.  Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors…. And our charity must be a real and costly lover, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner…. Your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.

— The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis

I’m holding all of my life up to the light,
The light of eternity I know what I should let go.
I see what matters most in the light of eternity,
I want You to see me shine in the light of eternity.

— The Light of Eternity, Matthew West

Answer and discuss the following question with your group.

  1. Have you ever looked at your neighbor as being immortal? Have you ever considered whether you are helpful to your neighbors in ways that might encourage them to be an everlasting splendor? How can we live our lives in the light of eternity?

 

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

An excerpt from the StoneBridge message, “For Thou Art with Me”.

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Let us not become weary in doing good….
Being a good neighbor – tiring. The Good Samaritan who helped a man who was left for dead taught us that. It cost him time. It cost him money. Doing good does that.
The men who passed by – they didn’t really do anything sinful – I guess – they just didn’t do anything. And it didn’t cost them anything – and my guess is – they got to where they were going on time. They slept well in their bed that night. They just didn’t do good. That is why we know that story as The GOOD SAMARITAN.

 

Refer to the following scriptures and answer/discuss the following questions.

Galatians 6:9-10; Acts 10:38; Luke 10:36-37

  1. How would you describe the goodness of God? Give some examples if possible?
  2. Do you feel that doing good is tiring? Why do you feel it is wise to expend the effort to be good? Have you ever experienced someone doing good for you? How did it feel? Did it change you in any way?
  3. What do you think Jesus meant when he said, “Go and do likewise?”  Do you take that personally?

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

An excerpt from the StoneBridge message, “For Thou Art with Me”.

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Jesus is invited to dinner. Dinner would have been in a large room. The public would be able to watch. It was into that scene that Jesus is reclining at a table. So he is basically laying down and a woman begins to sob. She can’t stop. Her tears are so much that they land on Jesus’ feet. She begins to wipe his feet with her hair. She kisses his feet and then pours perfume on them. It is awkward. People are staring.
The host notices and under his breath he says, “If this man was a prophet he would know who was touching him and what kind of woman she is – she is a sinner.
He has no time for her and he is not that impressed with Jesus…
Amazing moment – Simon even answers the question correctly. Perhaps even proud of himself; then Jesus in an awesome display of goodness turns to the woman. Points out that Simon doesn’t even properly welcome Jesus to his home. That is how much he thought of Jesus. Obviously, Simon doesn’t think much of this woman either, though he does know who she is. He does know what she does.
This woman could not stop in her affection towards Jesus. It was over the top and Jesus says the greatest words to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

 

Refer to the following scriptures and answer/discuss the following questions.
Luke 7:40-50;  Psalm 51:1; Matthew 18:21-35

  1. How would you describe the mercy of God? When have you experienced God’s mercy in your life? What did/does it cost you?
  2. Do you find it easy to extend forgiveness to others? When is it hardest?  Think of when it is hardest, how does it compare to the mercy God has shown us?
  3. Do you see Jesus as the woman at the dinner saw him, or more like how Simon saw him? Do you have any inhibitions when it comes to standing up for Jesus?

 

 

Reflection and Wrap-up

  1. Please answer any of the several questions posed near the end of the message:
  • Do I leave a trail of gladness or sadness?
  • Do I leave a trail of forgiveness or bitterness?
  • Do I leave a trail of contentment or conflict?
  • Do I leave a trail of joy or frustration?
  • Do I leave a trail of peace or chaos?
  • Do leave a trail of goodness and mercy?

Have any of you recently had an opportunity to leave a trail of gladness, forgiveness, contentment, joy, peace or goodness?  When?

  1. What might you do to fill the world you influence with love and peace? Who in your world is in need of your mercy and grace?

Pray Together as a Group

 

Additional Study

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

  • Romans 2:13
  • Matthew 5:7
  • Luke 6:36
  • Luke 6:43-45
  • Romans 15:1-3

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

For Thou Art With Me Lesson 6

 

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