August 26, 2018
August 26, 2018 – It’s The Lord’s Hand
Life Group Questions:
1. If you were not able to hear this week’s sermon, consider going to the church website and listening to it. What are some main ideas that you gathered from the sermon? What, if any, questions did the sermon cause for you or do you desire to have additional clarification?
2. Read through Psalm 109 and describe the tone of the writer toward his adversaries. Do you think the writer is expressing appropriate thoughts about his adversaries? Why or why not? Does it seem as though the writer is being too harsh? Explain any justification for the expressions off this psalm.
3. Describe some thoughts about how the Bible addresses judgment and vengeance with regard to our adversaries. You may want to consider the following biblical passages: Proverbs 10:12; 20:22; 24:29; Romans 12:17-21; Ephesians 4:31-31; 1 Thessalonians 5:15 Hebrews 10:30; 1Peter 3:9.
4. Psalm 109 is quoted in Acts 1:16-20. How did Peter understand Psalm 109? Do you see Psalm 109 as just a general teaching that is applicable to Judas or a prophetic utterance specifically about Judas? Explain your answer.
5. Describe King David’s own experience with adversity and how he responded. You may want to consider his dealings with Saul (1 Samuel 24), Absalom (2 Samuel 18) and Shimei (2 Samuel 16:9). What lessons can we learn from David?
6. A key thought taken from Psalm 109 is that adversity does not subvert God’s sovereignty. Can you see this idea in Psalm 109? Do you agree with the truth of this statement? Why or why not?
7. Look at the following passages and describe how the Bible may teach that God sometimes allows adversity and even uses it for good: Genesis 50:20; John 9:1-3; James 1:2-4; Isaiah 53:10. How has the Lord used adversity in your life for good? How should this help us handle times of adversity?
8. Look back through this psalm and describe how the writer turned his situation of adversity over to the Lord. Do you think the writer struggled with turning it over to God? Explain. What are some areas that you need to turn over to the Lord?
9. The writer obviously found hope and comfort in the Lord in the midst of his difficulties. List some specific ways in which he found hope. What were some things that brought comfort to him? How should our hope in Christ help us deal with adversity?
10. What are some things that hinder us from praising God and giving him thanks in the midst off adversity? How can we become more focused on God and less concerned about our difficulties? Why do you think it is so important for us not to return evil for evil to others? Explain.