Thank you for joining with us to worship together through praying and singing, and through hearing and engaging with God’s Word.
Have someone lead your group in a prayer of adoration, exalting and glorifying God for who He is. You may use this prayer as a guide.
Heavenly Father, You are our Creator, Sustainer, and Provider. There is nothing You can not do, there is no place You can not go, there is nothing hidden from Your sight. You are faithful and true, God, and though we fail often, You never fail to do Your will or to fulfill Your promises. We honor and glorify You in worship today, God. We ask that You will dwell with us as we gather to pray and sing. Open our eyes to see and ears to hear Your Word.
Worship: Join your group in worshipping the Lord as you watch these videos. The lyrics are on the screen. As you sing, focus on God and His glorious attributes. Sing to Him and give Him the praise He deserves.
Sermon: Listen as Pastor Brian shares an overview on Psalm 23 and reflects on The Gospel of God. Open your heart to God’s Word and be prepared for reflection, discussion and response.
Reflect on these questions and discuss with your family, friends and/or GCG:
1) If you are a Christian, you are a servant of Jesus, a saint in Jesus, and Jesus is the Lord. Which, if any, do you find the hardest to live with, and why?
2) What practical step(s) you can take right now to have a daily practice of full dependence on God?3) Is there an area of your life (big/small) that you tend to withhold from the transforming power of the gospel? What is stopping you from allowing the Holy Spirit to do His transformative work in that area of your life? What are you going to do to change this, and who will hold you accountable?
4) Think about what things in your life try to be your Master/Lord? Why do you tend toward these things? What would it look like if Jesus filled that void instead of the other things that enticed you?
5) In his commentary on Philippians, D.A. Carson explains how sometimes inadvertently Christians allow society to squeeze their faith to the periphery of life. He explains that it is sneaky because we would never abandon or deny our faith, however over time our faith becomes so marginalized and privatized that the gospel is rendered unimportant. Can you relate to this? What can we do as individuals, and as a faith community, to bolster our faithful living and go forth with the gospel mission unashamed?
Have someone pray a prayer of confession for the group. You may use this prayer as a guide:
Lord Jesus, we thank you for your sufficient grace to empower us to be humble servants. May your gospel be made known through our dim reflection of your servanthood. We thank you for saving us and setting us apart for the will of the Father. May your name be magnified as we sanctify you in our hearts. We thank you for being a good Master and Lord. Holy Spirit, let us not grieve your work in our lives in order to make Christ supreme over all things. Amen
Closing Prayer: Have someone in your group close in a prayer of supplication and asking the Spirit to transform us by His grace. You may use this prayer as a guide.
Holy Spirit, we need Your help. Transform our hearts and minds to surrender ourselves not to the flesh or the world or the devil, but to God the giver of life and all things in it. Fill us with such peace and love and joy that it may flow out of our hearts and into our lives. Empower us with Your gospel truth that we may boldly proclaim it to every creature. All things are Yours and one day You will claim what is rightfully Yours. In Your abounding mercy You have claimed us, and we ask that You will enable us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which You have called us. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.