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)

Colossians 4:12 - May 4th 2018

Wrestling in Prayer

Read all of Colossians (sermon will be on 4:12)

  1. Who is Epaphras? (according to this verse... do you know anything more about him?)
    1. What does it mean that he's one of you?
    2. What does it mean he's a servant of Christ Jesus?
  2. What does Epaphras do? 
  3. How does he do it?
    1. What does it mean to "struggle in prayer"?
    2. How is it on their behalf?
  4. What does he pray for and what does it mean?
    1. What does it mean to "stand mature"?
    2. What does it mean to be "fully assured in the will of God"?
  5. How does being a servant of Christ Jesus relate to our prayer? Specifically for one another?

Application:

  1. How might we learn from Epaphras' example?
  2. Would you describe your prayer life as "struggling on others behalf"?
  3. Pray for some members of the church to stand mature and fully assured in all God's will. (Use the directory and pray for a page)
  4. Consider how this passage relates to the gospel. How might we forget the gospel when reflecting on a passage like this?