#128 – AS THE DEER (17/6/20)
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PLEASE WATCH TODAY'S VIDEO DEVOTIONAL
Each Wednesday we take a break from our sermon series devotionals. Today's devotional is based on Psalm 42 and Psalm 1.
'As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?' (Psalm 42:1-2)
'Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.' (Psalm 42:11)
'Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of theLord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.' (Psalm 1:1-3)
We are often downcast in our soul. The strife in this world and in our own hearts can often burden and steal our joy.
The deer in Psalm 42 needs water. She doesn't need popcorn, a T.V. show, a relationship, a better job... she needs water. The water in this Psalm is God, whom we meet in His word. We are in a desert and we need God. Your soul needs God.
You come to know God through Jesus. Through faith in His death for us, for our sin, we are brought into relationship with God. However, if we are not 'drinking' -meeting God in His word - we will experience soul thirst.
Take some time - try 10 minutes - to meet God in His word through meditation on the Bible. The Psalms are a good place to start. Psalm 42 is a good place to start. Read, re-read, pray, worship out of what you read.
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY – GOD'S HOLY PEOPLE IN CHRIST JESUS
It might be good to begin with notices. Please share from this week’s Church News
Particularly, talk about our upcoming online Alpha Course.
We all have to make various choices each day. What do you find it hardest to make choices about and why?
Introduction - please share in your group
This week we began a series in the book of Philippians. The bible is always relevant and I particularly want you to notice that in these trying times of lock down and racial tension, Philippians speaks into both of these contexts.
Please use the devotionals each day for fuller consideration on the themes of this book, but today I want to think about the words of Paul in Philippians 1:1,
'Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons'
Christians are 'God's holy people in Christ Jesus'. To be holy means to be chosen and set apart for God.
Let's briefly look at the planting of this church to shed light on this idea.
Please read Acts 16:14-15
How did Lydia become a Christian and how does this help us to understand what it means to be God's 'Holy people'?
We become God's holy people because God chooses us and moves in us by the Spirit to believe in Jesus.
To be chosen and set apart by and for God means also means that we are to live entirely for Him. In Philippians 1:1, Paul describes himself and Timothy as 'Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus...'
How do we become Jesus' servant (slave) and how does or should this affect your life?
Discuss/share/pray in smaller groups:
1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?
2. What will you do in response?
3. How can we pray for you?