Do I Believe This?

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Sermon Text: John 1 Outline: A Powerful Person A Problem A Promise Reflection Questions: In what ways are you overly-concerned with looking like a weirdo (i.e. you’re trying too hard to seem normal)? John the forerunner was an aggressive advocate of subordination and submission. Would you like to become more like John? Why or why […]

Whole Help

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Sermon Text: Psalm 121 Outline: The Designer The Duration The Director Reflection Questions: What (or who) really helps you? How do you feel about helplessness? Is it bothersome or beautiful? How important is it to you – to NOT feel helpless? What’s your best reason for not trusting God and refusing His help? What does […]

Whose Story Is It Anyway

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Sermon Text: Psalm 78 Outline: Telling The Story Learning The Story Embracing The Story Reflection Questions: Where would you say your eyes are normally fixed in day-to-day experience? How are your thoughts guided or not guided by the story of God’s redemption for you? Are you afraid of your children or children you love falling […]

The Cry of Christ Crucified

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Sermon Text: Psalm 69 Outline: Lamentation Petition Consolation Reflection Questions: Why are you so unexcited/unmoved by God’s salvation? (You know you are – otherwise, you’d be talking about it all the time) Read the “passion narratives” in Matt 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, & John 17-19 (yes, you can read nine chapters today). How did […]

The Power of Lamentation

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Sermon Text: Psalm 6 Outline: The Depth (vv.1-5) The Dependence (vv.6-7) Delighting in the Dominance (vv.8-11) Reflection Questions: What’s the biggest problem in the world? What’s your reaction to it? (e.g. Anxiety? Anger? Apathy? Lamentation?) What’s something that you’re afraid, ashamed, and/or embarrassed to admit about yourself? Do you actually rely on God’s grace to […]

The Effect of God’s Presence

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Sermon Text: Psalm 46 Outline: Secure (vv.1-3) Enlivening (vv.4-7) Awe (vv.8-11) Reflection Questions: How do you feel about God’s never-ceasing nearness? Does it make you nervous? Does it frustrate you? It is comforting (why or why not)? What would you do if the most manifestly reliable, constant, fixed point in your life went away? After […]

By Fear or By Faith

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Sermon Text: Psalm 27 Outline: Knowing Your Stronghold (v.1) Acknowledging What Scares You (vv.2-3, 11-12) Striving for the Stronghold (vv.4-10, 13-14) Reflection Questions: What makes you feel confident? What is the one thing you must have, or else nothing in life matters? What risks have you taken in life that enabled you to KNOW (as […]

Live Alone By Mercy

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Sermon Text: Psalm 51 Outline: Being Bothered by Yourself (vv.1-5) Being Renovated by God (vv.6-12) Being a Member of God’s Household (vv.13-19) Reflection Questions: Where have you recently seen in yourself the MASSIVE impulse to cover-up, downplay, or deny the bothersome and alarming things about yourself? Who really bothers you these days? How and why […]

Glaring at the Darkness

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Sermon Text: Psalm 109 Outline: What is Wickedness? Dive into the Tension The Savior’s Scorn Reflection Questions: How would you define “Wickedness”? At its core, what is wickedness? Why is the lie of autonomy worth hating and cursing? The author of Psalm 109 is King David. David spent a significant portion of his life as […]

Relentless Faithfulness

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Sermon Text: Psalm 89 Outline: Full Faithfulness (vv.1-14) A. Down & Dirty B. Dominate C. Deliberate Festal Shout (vv.15-37) The Focal Point & Foundation (vv.38-52) Reflection Questions: When you think of Relentless Faithfulness who (or what) comes to mind? How does your paradigm of faithfulness include getting down and dirty, dominion, and being deliberate? How […]