As you seek “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”, you can rest in the fact that what you can do -- empowered by God’s Holy Spirit -- is enough. Feeling like “it’s all too big” is one of the enemy’s key tactics to get us to freeze. In today’s passage, we are grounded and brought into a simple reality: God (our High Priest and King) has all power in His hands, and when the time comes, perfect and complete justice will be meted out perfectly and swiftly on “the wicked on high places”.
Amy and Todd Smith
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 110:5-7 ] 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)
5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath. 6 He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth. 7 He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head.
+ Whose right hand is the Lord at? (see verse 1)
+ How does this depict the Lord Jesus as the mighty Conqueror?
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)
The news is increasingly filled with reports of wicked acts, often perpetrated by powerful people and groups. The reality is, what is reported is only the tip of the iceberg. While you wait for perfect justice to be dispensed, what actions and mercies do you feel the Lord leading you to humbly carry out?
+ 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)