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For Thou Art with Me – Lesson #5

“For Thou Art with Me”

“My Cup Overflows”

Psalm 23:4-5

 (August 13, 2017)

Life is hard from time to time. Life may seem hard all the time. Even at the end of a good day, we need someone who looks over the wear and tear to our body and soul. The Good Shepherd directs our path with nudges and pushes with his “rod and staff”. He provides real time first aid or rejuvenation as he ‘anoints my head with oil”. These poetic phrases describe a part of everyday life that is often lacking – one who watches out for us and keeps us whole. Safe and sound. read more…

For Thou Art With Me – Lesson #4

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. read more…

For Thou Art With Me – Lesson #3

 

For Thou Art with Me

 

“He Guides Me Along Right Paths”

 

Psalm 23:3

Proverbs 14:12; John 10:10-11

(July 30-August 5, 2017)

How does it feel?

How does it feel

To be on your own

With no direction home

Like a complete unknown

Like a rolling stone?

–Bob Dylan, Like A Rolling Stone

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For Thou Art With Me – Lesson #2

 

“Peace and Quiet”

 

“The Lord is My Shepherd”

Psalm 23:1

(July 16-22, 2017)

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

            — It Is Well With My Soul, Horatio Spafford read more…

For Thou Art with Me – Lesson #1

“For Thou Art with Me”

 

“The Lord is My Shepherd”

Psalm 23:1

(July 16-22, 2017)

 

“It’s a terrible thing to be unknown. We live in fear that we will never be known enough – that others will never know who we really are, what our dreams are, and where our thoughts are taking us. Yet we have nothing to fear. God knows every one of His sheep by name.”

— David Roper, Psalm 23: The Song of a Passionate Heart

Answer and discuss the following question with your group.

  1. Sheep are followers who don’t tend to think for themselves. What are some examples in your life where you act like a sheep and blindly follow others not thinking for yourself?

 

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

An excerpt from the StoneBridge message, “The Lord is My Shepherd”.

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Sheep are not tough – they can’t defend themselves. Sheep are not smart – they wander off. If they wander off – they don’t know how to get back home. So truly this does not paint a great picture of us. But the picture is real. It is not photoshopped. We are a lot like a sheep.

 

Now the key to this whole Psalm is found in the fourth word. The Lord is MY shepherd.

If the Lord is not your shepherd – the rest of the passage doesn’t apply. You don’t get any of the benefits of the protection and the care that the Lord provides for his sheep. It is a nice verse to quote – to hang on your wall – it is a nice verse to read at a funeral – but honestly – it is all meaningless unless the Lord is your shepherd.

 

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

Psalm 23:1-6; John 10:10-14

  1. The role of the shepherd was to find food, water, shelter and provide safety for the sheep. What is Jesus role as the shepherd for his people?
  2. Do you believe that Jesus shepherds (provides for and protects) his people? Why or why not?
  3. What does it mean to you personally that Jesus is “MY” shepherd?

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

An excerpt from the StoneBridge message, “The Lord Is My Shepherd”.

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Satan will never protect your marriage – he will never protect your friendships – he will not protect your kids – he will never protect your time – he will never protect your most valuable possessions – because he does not care for you. He only cares about himself.

 

There is a difference between someone who owns a business and someone who works for a business. Just not going to care as much. Someone who watches your kids – and you as a parent. You are what – willing to die for your kids.

Satan is fickle. He is not reliable. He is out of here. Did you notice the difference?

Jesus says – I will lay down my life for the sheep. The shepherd – the good shepherd is willing to die so that the sheep might live.

 

 

Refer to the following scriptures and answer/discuss the following questions.
John 10:10-14 and 1 Peter 5:8-9

  1. Do you believe that Jesus has your best interests at heart? How have you experienced that?

 

  1. In the message, we learn that Satan does not have our best interests at heart. What are some ways you believe Satan leads a person astray?

 

  1. Share about times you felt Satan was leading you into temptation. How did you respond?

Reflection and Wrap-up

  1. The Psalm says that the sheep know the shepherd’s voice. How do you “hear” or “know” the shepherd’s voice?

 

  1. As a group, share some of the areas of our lives that Jesus speaks to us about?

 

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:

  • Psalm 100
  • Isaiah 40:10-11
  • 1 Peter 2:24-25

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A Heart of a Champion – Lesson #6

A Heart of a Champion

“A Heart for God”

(July 9-16, 2017)

 

“Do you feel lost or as if something is missing in your life? Maybe you want to make a bigger difference in the world than you feel you are, but you aren’t sure how. So many of us walk through life, feeling numb and desperate for a deeper connection, but aren’t sure how to get it.

The two greatest days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out what your purpose is, but if you don’t know what your purpose is than you don’t know why you are here, and it can be hard to keep going.”

Shannon Kaiser, Huffington Post, June 19, 2017.

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A Heart of a Champion – Lesson #5

A Heart of a Champion

 

“The Heart of Repentance “

 

2 Samuel 11:1-17, 26-27

2 Samuel 12:1-14

(July 2-8, 2017)

“And don’t let us yield to temptation,

but rescue us from the evil one.”

Matthew 6:13 (NLT) read more…

A Heart of a Champion – Lesson #4

“The Heart of a Worshiper”

 

(2 Samuel 6:6-20)

(June 25 – July 1, 2017)

Well, shake it up, baby, now

(Shake it up, baby)

Twist and shout

(Twist and shout)

C’mon c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now

(Come on baby)

Come on and work it on out

(Work it on out)

                        “Twist and Shout” The Beatles read more…

A Heart of a Champion – Lesson #3

“A Heart of a Champion”

 

“A Heart of a Friend”

1 Samuel 18:1-16

(June 18-24, 2017)

 

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Think about it. Everyone, at some time or another, enters a dark day and walks as one who has the plague. Solitary. Alone. We will all experience our own private Gethsemane. And it is in this desperate time that we discover who among our friends is faithful.”

            — Les & Leslie Parrott, “A Good Friend” read more…

A Heart of a Champion – Lesson #2

A Heart of a Champion

 

“A Heart of a Warrior”

 

1 Samuel 17:5-46

(June 11-17, 2017)

 

 

“Worthy art thou, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11 (ESV)

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