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July 21, 2019 Speaker: AJ Roberts Series: Journey to Joy

Passage: Psalm 131:1–131:3

Our prideful hearts direct our eyes and lead our hands to clamor about, seeking to lay hold of any thing that might fulfill our fleeting desires. The souls of these ancient pilgrims were calm as they rested in their God-ordained boundaries and limitations. When sinners forsake vain pursuits and place their faith in Christ, they too know the joys of a quiet and calm soul which stem from the assurance of their eternal hope.

 

Reading Plan:

Monday: Psalm 132

Tuesday: Psalm 133

Wednesday: Psalm 134

Thursday: Psalm 120

Friday: Psalm 121

Saturday: Psalm 122

Sunday: Psalm 123

 

Questions: 

  1. ICE BREAKER: What did (do) you want to be when you grow up? 
  2. Engage with this statement: "Mechanics, babysitters, doctors, and submarine drivers with a missionary mindset will reach far more than pastors or missionaries ever will."
  3. What difference do you see between "you can be whatever you want to be" and "be who you were made to be"? 
  4. How can the Christian find contentment in life while also striving for growth or promotion in a Godly way? 
  5. In light of Psalm 131, why is it vital that we not allow our thoughts to drift to unhealthy realms (worry, desire, etc)? How do we combat these temptations? 
  6. What does it mean that we are to "think of ourselves less"? How is this different than "thinking less of ourselves"?
  7. How would you know when you have calmed and quieted your soul? 
  8. Our three missionary families constantly face hardship and challenge: language learning, broken appliances, cultural issues, etc. Take time as a group to pray for them. Ask God to calm and quiet their souls as they keep their eyes fixed heavenward on their journey homeward. 

 

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