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A Delivered People

July 7, 2019 Speaker: AJ Roberts Series: Journey to Joy

Passage: Psalm 129:1–129:8

From ancient Israel to the modern church, the people of God have been set apart from the peoples of the world, and many foes have arisen as a result of our peculiarity. Israel’s history is fraught with affliction and strife from the surrounding pagan nations and the church today is afflicted on every side, but not crushed; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. Psalm 129 reveals the painful preservation of a people delivered by the righteous reliever, Jesus.


Reading Plan:

Monday: Psalm 133

Tuesday: Psalm 134

Wednesday: Psalm 120

Thursday: Psalm 121

Friday: Psalm 122

Saturday: Psalm 123

Sunday: Psalm 124




  1. ICE BREAKER: What's been your impression of the Psalms being sung before each sermon? 
  2. Engage with the following statement: "We should not be willing to go to Rio with the Gospel if we're not willing to sacrifice some time in Martinsburg for the sake of the Gospel." How could this flesh out in your life? 
  3. Christian persecution in America is subtler and less aggressive than other parts of the world. Why do you think this is the case? 
  4. Why do you think persecution should be inevitable for the American Christian? 
  5. Why is it important that we not seek personal revenge when wronged for our faith? 
  6. What could be a God-honoring response when we're mistreated because of our faith in Christ? 
  7. Our 3 missionary families are surrounded by those opposed to the message of the Gospel; harsh persecution may truly become a reality for them in the coming years. Take time as a group to pray for them. Ask God to give them proper understanding and preparation today in order to position them for the potential coming days of hardship. 

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