Love Stories

Love Stories

All You Need is Love
“Love Stories”
Psalm 107

1. Pondering the goodness of God’s ‘khesed’ love

  •         Unfailing Love
  •         Undeserved Kindness
  •         Tenacious Commitment
  •         Enduring Faithfulness
  •         Generous Mercy

2. Pondering the pattern of people’s stories

  •         We find ourselves in trouble
  •         We cry out for help  
  •         God comes to our rescue  
  •         We thank God for His ‘khesed’ love

3. Pondering the stories of the way God loves

  •         The lost are rescued from their wilderness
  •         The imprisoned are freed from their chains
  •         The broken are healed by His Word
  •         The struggling are calmed by His presence

4. Learning from our pondering on the way God loves

  •         You can depend on the faithful love of God
  •         God’s love changes everything
  •         If God has redeemed you, tell your story

                             in worship, in witness, in discipleship

We will grow in wisdom as we depend on, ponder, and tell others of, the khesed love of God.

LifeGroup Questions: Applying the Teaching to Your Life

1. There are thousands of “rescue” stories in literature and movies. Do you have a favorite? Tell your LifeGroup about it.

2. As a group review Psalm 107 and quickly identify as many of the metaphors used to describe the effects of rebellion against God as you can (sitting in darkness, wandering in a wasteland, etc.). Which one can you identify with the most? Explain why.

3. Take time as a group to tell your “love stories.” How has God redeemed your marriage, your addiction, your anger, rescued you, freed you, healed you, calmed you, etc.?

4. Review the pattern described in the four subpoints of point 2. If you had to write four stanzas of your own similar to Psalm 107, what would your life story be about? How have you found yourself in trouble, cried out for help, and been redeemed/rescued?

5. Review the four subpoints of point 3 (drawn from Psalm 107:4-30).  Would you say you are living in one of those stories right now (wandering, imprisoned, broken or struggling)? How so?

6. Read Psalm 107:2a. Pastor Jim ended the sermon challenging us to tell our story in our worship, in our witnessing, and as we are discipling others. Evaluate your worship, your witnessing and your discipling.

a. Worship: Do you skip the worship or are you just going through the motions or are you engaged with what you are singing?

b. Witnessing: Are you “doing the B’s” : Building relationships, bringing people, helping people belong, believe and become)? Or are you keeping your faith to yourself?

c. Discipleship: Are you intentionally being discipled or discipling others (in a DIG, Discipleship Intensive Group), or by leading a LifeGroup? If not, why not?

7. Action Step outside of LifeGroup: Do you make time to ponder the faithfulness and steadfast love of God? It is so easy to get caught up in running the rat race of this world and never make time for Jesus. It has to be intentional. Try starting or ending your day with 15 minutes pondering (and maybe journaling about) your walk with God and what He is teaching you

Core CHRISTlike Characteristic: Connected to God through the Word and Prayer/Loving God

 

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