Mission Living Sunday 2018
October 14, 2018 • Zach Hardison
June 28, 2020 • Robb Esperat
PSALM 62 - GOD ALONE Slowly read Psalm 62 aloud, pausing when you reach each Selah. After the reading, discuss your experience of the psalm as a reader/listener. As a work of art, how does this psalm affect your focus, emotions, desires, etc? Verse 1 begins “For God alone my soul waits in silence.” What does it mean to wait for God? What is the importance of the word ‘alone’? What disorienting circumstances does the psalmist recognize in vv3-4, 9-10? Where/when have you encountered these phenomena in your own life? Or, what other circumstances have brought about a sense of disorientation in your life? What does it look like to hope in God during a season of spiritual disorientation? Verses 11-12 speak of the power, love, and justice of God. How are each of these evidenced in the cross of Jesus? Chiasmus (or chiasm) is a poetic structure defined as a "reversal of grammatical structures in successive phrases or clauses.” Some scholars recognize a chiastic structure (ABCCBA) in Psalm 62 as shown below. In this case, the central C section is the ‘punchline’ of the psalm. Why might the psalmist structure the psalm this way. A - Testimony of Trust (vv1-2) B - Complaint (vv3-4) C - Testimony of Trust (vv5-6) C - Testimony of Trust (vv7-8) B - Complaint (vv9-10) A - Testimony of Trust (vv11-12) Verse 8 offers us two instructions. The first is to ‘Trust in him at all times.’ What times are you experiencing in your group right now? Discuss what it looks like to trust in him. Secondly, the verse says, “Pour out your heart before him.” Take some time as a group to pour out your hearts together in prayer before God.
Good & Pleasant: A Fathers Day Charge
June 21, 2020 • Robb Esperat
PSALM 133: GOOD & PLEASANT Read Psalm 133 aloud. Read slowly and pause between phrases to take it in. After the reading, have each person share a single word to describe the feeling they had while the psalm was being read. Where does David lead us emotionally? Before Aaron was anointed with the holy anointing oil, he was dressed in the holy attire of the high priest. Part of that attire is a breastplate containing 12 gems representing the 12 tribes of Israel. “Aaron shall carry the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment over his heart when he enters the holy place, for a memorial before the LORD continually.” (Exo 28:29) What was the high priest’s role in establishing unity for Israel? What is Jesus’ role in establishing unity for the church? (See Eph 2:11-22 for help.) David repeatedly describes the downward motion of the oil (v2) and the dew (v3). What is the significance of that motion (see James 1:17 for help)? Why is it important that our unity be founded on shared grace received, rather than shared history, opinion or action? In Israel, Mt Hermon is the most significant mountain in the north, and Zion is the most significant mountain in the south. These two reference points convey a sense of totality (ie, “from New York to LA”), but also evoke the memory of a 7 1/2 year-long civil war between north and south that began with David’s inauguration as king. In light of that conflict, how does the tone of the poem change? Create art in response to Psalm 133. Write your own psalm for unity, using imagery from our context. Or, draw/paint unity-themed pictures. If you are brave, share your artwork on our facebook page with the hashtags #Psalm133 #Unity