Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on July 16, 2017:
- SUNDAY: Psalm 40, Acts 16,
- MONDAY: Psalm 40, James 1,
- TUESDAY: Psalm 40, Romans 8,
- WEDNESDAY: Psalm 40, 2 Corinthians 12,
- THURSDAY: Psalm 40, Esther 4-5,
- FRIDAY: Psalm 40, Nehemiah 1-2,
- SATURDAY: Psalm 40, Daniel 1-2,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Psalms Mixtape Sermon Title: The Song of My Life
Delivered On: July 9, 2017
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. ([bible]Psalm 139:16[/bible])
Thank God that His hands and eyes have been on you from your mother’s womb. Pray for power to honor God with all the thoughts that run through your mind and the words that come out of your mouth. Ask God to help you use every day of your life to honor and glorify Him.
Train Your Brain - Make a decision to memorize a passage from the Bible that you will meditate on and go over and over when you find your mind wandering places you know it should not go. If you can’t think of a passage, try [bible]Psalm 139:1-13[/bible].
Small Group Discussion
When you think about the spiritual reality that God knows everything about you, how does this make you feel? What are ways this truth gives comfort and hope? What are ways that this idea could cause concern?
Read: Psalm 139:1-4 Why is it important that we realize God knows our thoughts and even our words before we speak them? How can a daily awareness of this help us control our thoughts and words?
What are ways we can use our words to bring blessing, hope, and encouragement to others? Who is one person in your life who needs to hear words of grace and kindness? How can you be used by God to minister to this person with your words?
What are ways we can control our thought life, increase God-honoring thoughts, and purge things out of our minds that do not honor God? Tell about one way you seek to keep your thoughts honoring to God.
Read: Psalm 139:7-12 Sometimes we try to hide from God or act like He is not with us. Why do you think people try to run from God or act like He is not present and aware of what is happening in their life? How will our lives change if we live with an ever-present awareness that God is very near us?
Read: Psalm 139:13-16 If God is working, creating, and moving in us even when we are in our mother’s womb, what does this say about life and the value of a baby even before he/she is born?
God knows every day we will live, even before they come to be. Does this comfort you, bother you, or a little of both? Explain how it makes you feel to know that God is sovereign over your whole life, even before you live it.
Respond to this statement: God loves you like a precious child and He has His hand on you at all times. How have you experienced this reality?
Who is one person in your life that does not yet know the love, grace, and truth of Jesus? What could you do to communicate to them about how God knows them and cares about them, even before they know or embrace Jesus?