Weekly preaching audio from Embassy Church, a church in Palatine, IL. Find us online at https://embassychurch.net.
“A Song About Sleep”
The big idea of this week's sermon from Psalm 4:1-8 is that we as Christians can find rest in regular sleep, and ultimately in death and new life, because God has worked through Jesus, is working in the present through his Spirit, and will continue working for our salvation.
1) Have you cried out to God when you are in distress?
2) What do you think keeps you from having rest in your life?
3) How do you think the Lord is inviting you to peaceful rest in your life and what might that look like?
4) How do you see God working presently through his Spirit?
5) Do you struggle with knowing how and when to be angry?
6) What does it look like to be angry and not sin?
7) How does silence help you grow as a Christian?
8) What is the ultimate rest that we have in this life and in eternity? How is this knowledge helpful in our present life?
“A Song About Deliverance”
The big idea of this week's sermon from Psalm 3:1-8 is that even in the most challenging moments of life we can have confidence in approaching the God of the Bible, the God known most fully in Jesus, because He is the God who rescues those who call out to Him in trust. In this Psalm, David moves from his reason for calling out to God for deliverance from his enemies, to his response of prayer, to the result, which is the confident trust that salvation comes from the Lord. By making this song a part of our communal and individual lives, may we learn to trust and call out to the Lord who rescues His people in the midst of hardship and trial.
1) How does an individual lament result in corporate praise?
2) What does this Psalm teach us about God and how we get help from God?
3) Is there anything in your life that you're not allowing God or his people to help you with?
4) What is your response when you sin or have difficulties in your life?
5) What keeps you from coming to God when you sin?
6) In what areas of your life do you see anxieties over and over again?
7) What have been the results in the past when you've turned to God in your sorrow?
8) How does knowing that there is salvation in Jesus impact how we come to God in our sorrow?
A Song About Happiness, Pt. 2
The big idea of this week's sermon from Psalms 1 & 2 is that these first two Psalms present two different ways of speaking about the blessed, happy person. Psalm 1 introduces the contrast between the righteous person who lives in accordance with God's pattern for humanity, and the wicked who reject God's instruction. Psalm 2 presents the blessed person as the one who takes refuge in God's King by submitting themselves to his rule, while the wicked are those who plot in vain against God's unshakable purposes. These introductory Psalms, which are central to understanding the entire Psalter, are also crucial for understanding Jesus as God's true anointed King, the Son of God.
1) What are some of the ways you see the nations raging against God's anointed King today? D
2) What does it mean that your theology of happiness will drive everything that you do? Do you think this is true?
3) How does the connection between Psalm 1 and Genesis 1-3 help you better understand the meaning of both passages? In what ways is God's instruction life-giving like the tree of life?
4) How does understanding the structure of Psalms 1 & 2 help you to study them for yourself?
5) What is the significance of Psalm 2 as applied to Jesus in the New Testament?
6) Taking what you've learned from this message, how might you incorporate Psalms 1 & 2 into the liturgy of your life?
“A Song About Happiness”
The big idea of this week's sermon from Psalms 1 & 2 is that these first two Psalms together provide a doorway into understanding the entire book of Psalms. The Psalms are the songs of our Savior, Jesus, because they are both the songs that he himself sang and prayed, as well as because the Psalms are songs which are most ultimately about Jesus, God's true righteous King. The Psalms teach us how to pray, they shape us as they lead us through meditations on the instruction of God, and they center our lives by pointing us to God, the one from whom all blessings flow.
1) How have you seen the Psalms point to Jesus? What examples might you give?
2) Why is it helpful to understand that the book of Psalms overall progresses from turmoil to praise? How might this be impactful in your walk with God?
3) How have the Psalms taught you to pray? How has praying through the Psalms impacted your faith?
4) How have you seen the word of God shape your life? How, specifically, have the Psalms instructed you?
5) How do the Psalms help you through times of lamenting and sadness?
6) How have you seen the cultural influence of emotivist culture influence you? What do the Psalms teach us about emotions?
7) What have the Psalms taught you about the character of God?
8) When your attention is fixed on praising God in spite of potentially challenging circumstances, how have you seen that focus on God impact your life?
Why Is Jesus’ Departure Best?
The big idea of this week's sermon from John 16:4-15 is that Jesus' ascension was not only necessary, but is in fact better than if he had remained on the earth. While this is a difficult promise for modern westerners to grasp, Jesus assures his disciples in the Gospel of John that for him to leave is better because he is sending the Holy Spirit, who will work through Jesus' followers to convict the world of injustice and sin, to transform and guide believers, and ultimately to bring praise to Jesus' name.
1) Why is it so difficult to believe that Jesus' departure is actually better?
2) How might focusing on certain evidences of the Holy Spirit detract from seeing how the Holy Spirit is pointing to Jesus?
3) How does the idea that the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin pose a challenge to the power structures of our society? What role do we as Christians play in this?
4) How might trusting that Jesus' departure is better transform the way we view the Christian life and the goal of Jesus' mission?
5) What might it look like for the Holy Spirit to govern and transform your life?
Jesus, The Stairway to Heaven
The big idea of this week's sermon from Genesis 28:10-22 is that the God of the Bible is the God who seeks out sinners who cannot help themselves. Against a modern conception of Christianity as moral therapeutic Deism, where God basically helps those who help themselves, this text demonstrates God's love for Jacob exactly when he's doing everything wrong. Jacob's vision of the gate of heaven opened is ultimately fulfilled through Jesus, the one in whom heaven and earth meet, and the one through whom God rescues us when we could not rescue ourselves.
1) How have you seen God draw near to you in times where you were walking or straying away from him?
2) Have there been times in your life when God has met you with a severe mercy as a result of your sin? What did God do after the severe mercy?
3) What are the things or the people that you go to more than God in your life to help you in your struggles?
4) In Genesis, what is the significance of moving East? How does knowing this help us to better understand the narrative of Genesis 28?
5) How have the past six weeks about the ascension helped you to better appreciate its significance as part of the gospel?
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