Sermon Bible Study Guides

Psalm 120 – 2nd July, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 120
  2. What kind of song is this?
  3. How is the psalmist described?
  4. What trouble does he face? 
  5. Who does he address?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is a song of ascents? When and why were they sung?
  2. What distress did the psalmist face and why?
    1. Why might lying lips and a deceitful tongue distress the author?
  3. How do verses 3 and 4 fit with 1 and 2?
  4. In your own words, what is the answer to verse 3?
  5. Where are Meshech and Kedar?
    1. Would the author be living in both those places at once?
    2. What else might it suggest?
  6. What does it mean that the psalmist is for peace but those among whom he lives are for war?
  7. Is there anything in this passage which points to or foreshadows truths of the gospel? (Remember there might be many answers to this question: does it mirror Jesus in any way? Anything pointing to sin, judgment, salvation, God's love, etc.?)
    1. How many connections can you make? 

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does the psalmist model faith?
  2. How are you tempted to lie or be deceitful? How does the consequences of such action help us overcome it? How does it comfort those who are distressed by liars around them?
  3. How does this psalm encourage us to be faithful in the midst of a fallen world with sin all around us? How does the gospel enable us to do that?
in James

James 3:13–18 - 30th April, 2021 

Refresh your memory of James by re-reading the whole book. It'll only take 15 mins.

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 3:13-18
  2. Who are new characters introduced?
  3. What are repeated words/phrases?
  4. What locations or settings are mentioned?
  5. What are different responses to the word?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How is wisdom seen or not seen?
  2. What is the connection between wisdom and...
    1. our conduct (v.13)?
    2. truth/falsehood (v. 14)?
    3. spirituality (v.15)?
    4. relationships (vv.17-18)?
  3. What are "bitter jealousy and selfish ambition" (vv.14, 16)?
  4. How do we get wisdom from above?
  5. How does the gospel connect to this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does the gospel empower a life of wisdom in us?
  2. Where are you tempted to be bitterly jealous or pursue selfish ambitions? (Another way to consider this question is- where is there disorder or vile behaviour in your life?) Repent of these sinful heart desires.
  3. In what ways can you pursue and promote the characteristics of wisdom from above unfolded in vv.17-18?
  4. Pray for Covenant Hope to be kept from earthly, unspiritual, demonic "wisdom" and to be showing "the meekness of wisdom [from above]" by growing in godliness.  

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