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For Thou Art With Me – Lesson #7

by StoneBridge on August 25th, 2017

For Thou Art with Me

 

“I Will Dwell in the House of the Lord Forever “

 

Psalm 23:6; John 10:7-15; Deuteronomy 11:18-21

(August 27-September 2, 2017)

The long and winding road

That leads to your door

Will never disappear

I’ve seen that road before

It always leads me here

Lead me to your door.

The Long and Winding Road (Lennon-McCartney)

Paul McCartney wrote this beautiful and familiar song of the Beatles on his farm in Scotland during a tumultuous period of his life, inspired he said, by “the calm beauty” of Scotland. The song captures the experience of finding a place of peace, a welcome and open door home, after travelling a long and winding emotional road. Have you travelled that road? Does the road you are on now lead to the house of the Lord?

 

Answer and discuss the following question with your group.

 

  1. Have you ever forgotten or lost a key to your home or office and simply followed someone who had a key to let you in? How easy was that? Do you think heaven works that way? Explain.

 

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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David’s statement “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” probably would be more like, “why would I ever leave? I want to be in the presence of my shepherd. I can’t imagine life without him.”

 

And yet, there are some sheep who are not satisfied to remain in the care of a good shepherd.

 

Read Psalm 23:6 and answer/discuss the following questions.

 

  1. Before turning to the last phrase of Psalm 23 and concluding this lesson series, read the entire Psalm and summarize a point from each verse that was meaningful to you.

 

  1. Verses 1 and 6 of Psalm 23, the first and last, are the only verses that use the phrase “the Lord.” Explain the connection between verse 1 (“The Lord is my shepherd”) and verse 6 (“and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”).

 

  1. We, like sheep, can be easily distracted from following the good shepherd and can slowly wander away. Explain how the things listed below can easily distract us and cause us to wander off the Good Shepherd’s right path toward a safe pasture:

 

  • Love of money

 

  • Unwise relationship decisions

 

  • Blaming God

 

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

 

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

Watch Online

 

Stuff happens in life. Unfair things. People whom we love with all our hearts go through terrible things. Divorce. Cancer. Car wrecks. Miscarriages. And it seems that God could have done something about all of those things. How could he let that happen? Why didn’t he fix it? Maybe he is not all that good after all. I thought he was real, now I am not so sure. And we step away, we blame, and we lose our way.

 

There are plenty of distractions by the way. Satan is a heartless owner; he cares not for your well being. He cares not about your heart. He cares not about your soul. Under his care he will neglect, ignore your hungry heart. Under his care all of his sheep have discontented hearts that ache.

 

That is why, even when you have more than enough money, more than enough things, more than enough fun, you can still lie in bed thinking “There has to be more. I thought I would be happier. I thought I would be satisfied. I really thought I would have things together by now.”

 

There is only one way into this house.

 

Read John 10:7-15 and Deuteronomy 11:18-21and answer/discuss the following questions.

 

  1. Based on John 10:7-15, how do the sheep (i.e., people) find their way into the safe pasture? Compare the results in this passage of following Jesus as the Good Shepherd, on the one hand, and choosing to go your own way, on the other hand.

 

  1. Explain how consistently following the instructions in Deuteronomy 11:18-21 can help you maintain your focus on Jesus, rather than becoming distracted by the world or choosing to go your own way.

 

 

Reflection and Wrap-up

 

  1. What blessings have you received that make you glad to go to the house of the Lord? If you cannot say, like David, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1), what practical steps can you take, or what distractions do you need to leave behind, to follow Jesus with a glad heart?

 

  1. The messages in this series often reiterated the importance, as set forth in the first verse of Psalm 23, of following the Lord as your shepherd to guide you along life’s long and winding road and lead you to “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Answering honestly, is the Lord your shepherd?

 

Pray Together as a Group

 

Additional Study

 

If you have time during your Small Group or you want to study more about finding your path to the house of the Lord, read and consider the following passages:

 

  • Luke 15-1-7
  • John 14:1-6
  • Psalm 27:4
  • Zechariah 9:16

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For Thou Art With Me Lesson 7

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