Another Labor Day has come. Our country recognizes a day of rest from our striving. God often reminds His people that much of our striving is in vain. It isn’t what we DO that earns our salvation, but WHO we know. It is Jesus who labored and died on the cross and took sin to the grave. It is Jesus who rose from the grave making a way for His people to also arise to be with Him. As we believe in Jesus, God makes us new through His Holy Spirit. David, so many years ago understood his need for a Savior. God knew one would come. In the meantime He gave David a snapshot in Psalm 110 of His amazing plan. God made a promise to David that One would come from His line who would accomplish what David couldn’t, what we can’t. What are you trying to do today, that only the Lord, our precious Jesus can do through the Holy Spirit? What trials are you struggling through in your own strength? Who do you know who can make your enemies your footstool? Will you trust Jesus today?
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to be reminded of our shared vision- We are abiding in Christ that we might experience Gospel Transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ Ask… What are you/we thankful to the Lord for? (e.g., how is he working in our community group or the lives of someone we are walking with to discover the gospel?)
+ What is one need in this circle/our Community Group and how can we meet it together?
SING + PRAY
Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER [ Psalm 110:1 ] In Large group
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
ESV Psalm 110:1
The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.
The Message Psalm 110:1
The word of God to my Lord: “Sit alongside me here on my throne until I make your enemies a stool for your feet.”
+ Who is speaking? To whom is He speaking? Who wrote Psalm 110?
+ What is so significant about the opening address?
+ What is being asked of the person being addressed in verse 1a?
+ What is normally signified by this request?
+ Who is acting in verse 1b? What does the speaker promise to do?
+ What is being done to the enemy of the person being addressed?
+ Why would this matter to the author of the Psalm? What enemies might he need to the speaker to conquer?
+ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)