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A Pleasing Aroma

August 18, 2019 Speaker: AJ Roberts Series: Journey to Joy

Passage: Psalm 134:1–134:3

The feasts have concluded as the pilgrims’ Journey to Joy come to an end. Knowing the trek home is long and arduous, they set out early to return to their routines and rhythm of life. Passing the temple, they pronounce a blessing upon the priests, who return the favor. Revealed in this exchange is the ultimate, eternal and sacrificial aroma that God has offered up for sinners through His own Son, Jesus. Embracing the Eternal Aroma causes the ancient and modern day people of God to offer their lives as temporal aromas—living sacrifices.

 
Reading Plan: 
 

Monday: Psalm 123

Tuesday: Psalm 124

Wednesday: Psalm 125

Thursday: Psalm 126

Friday: Psalm 127

Saturday: Psalm 128

Sunday: Psalm 129

 

Questions:
  1. ICE BREAKER: What's one thing you'll remember about the Psalms of Ascent? Why? 
  2. How can Christians both enjoy the journey of life while not settling with the pleasures of the world? 
  3. Why do you think the temple was such a significant place for ancient Israelites then but not for Christians today? 
  4. Interact with this statement: "God doesn't need our worship, but He does want it. This isn't so that He might fulfilled, but that we might be fulfilled." 
  5. The Bible clearly leads us to worshipfully lift our hands before the Lord (e.g. 1 Kgs 8:22, Neh 8:6, Ps 63:4, Ps 134:2). Why do you think some Christians are hesitant to respond in this way? 
  6.  The people of God are to offer themselves as temporal aromas, as living sacrifices. What are some ways this could flesh out today in our context? 
  7. Our 3 missionary families are often wore out and discouraged by the challenge of their calling. Take time as a group to pray for them. Ask God to remind them of and encourage them in the Eternal Aroma, Jesus. 

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The Eternal Shore

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Journey to Judgment: Hell

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