Sermon Bible Study Guides

Psalm 3 - June 22nd 2018

Turn to God in troubled times

Read 2 Sam 15-17 for the context of the Psalm.

Read Psalm 3

  1. When did David write this Psalm?
  2. What is the situation David finds himself in according to verse 1 & 2? (Consider the context of 2 Sam 15-17 to help you understand)
  3. How does he respond to this situation?
    1. What does he say about God?
    2. What does this reveal about David?
  4. Why is this happening to David?
  5. How does God respond?
  6. What does verse 5 shows us about David? What does it tell us about God?
  7. How do the truths about God in verses 3-5 affect David? (Look at v.6-8)
  8. What does he ask God to do?
  9. What does he believe?

Application:

  1. What can we learn from David in this passage?
  2. What do we learn about God?
  3. What do you do in the midst of trouble?
    1. Where do you turn?
    2. Who do you listen to?
    3. What do you cry out? (Consider how David models crying out in this Psalm, what is the content of his cry?)
  4. How do we understand and rightly apply the second half of verse 7? (Consider the different covenantal contexts for David and us)

Habakkuk 1:1-11 - August 25th 2017

Does God Care about injustice? (part 1)

Read Habakkuk 1:1-11

  1. What is Habakkuk’s complaint?
  2. Is this a fair complaint? Why is the situation this way? Why is God’s law paralyzed?
  3. How does the Lord answer? How will he deal with the evil Habakkuk sees in Judah?
  4. Was this to be expected or was it surprising? Why/why not?
  5. Who are the Chaldeans and what are they like?
  6. How does God use them? (answer using v. 1-11, then look ahead to v. 12)

 

Application:

  1. Can you relate to Habakkuk’s concern?
  2. Does evil in the world make you doubt God’s presence, goodness, justice, love?
  3. What does this example teach us about 1) prayer and 2) God’s responses to prayer?
  4. Can God use evil people? How? (Answer: Yes, of course, otherwise he couldn’t use anyone!)
  5. What does this passage tell us about God’s love, patience, justice, judgment?
  6. In what ways does this passage foreshadow or point to Jesus?