Not One Square Inch

March 12, 2017 | Tom Swanson | Psalm 65

COMMUNITY GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS, 03/12/17 Sermon

Getting Acquainted

1) Have some fun with this! The group leader gives a dollar to anyone in the group that he wants for any reason that he wants. Everyone else in the group then in turn has an opportunity to talk the newly enriched member out of the dollar. The holder of the dollar can reward it to someone if they want or keep it for themselves. Finally, the group leader gets to make a case to get the dollar back from whoever is holding it.

2) How did the discussion go? Do we get protective of the things that we have? Why do you think that is?

Getting into the Bible

3) The primary assertion of Sunday’s message was that everything belongs to God. Read John 1:1-5 & 9-11, Romans 11:33-36, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6 and Colossians 1:15-17. What is the common theme running through these passages? What would be some practical implications of that common theme for our lives?

4) Each segment of Psalm 65 ends with a note of joy (see verses 4, 8 and 12-13). The joy is tied to the understanding that God is sovereign over our lives (1-4), over the nations (5-8) and over all creation (9-13). Read Psalm 5:11-12, 16:7-11, 51:7-12, 71:22-24 and 100:1-5 for just a small sampling of other mentions of joy in the psalms. What is the motivation for joy that’s given in these passages? Can these things bring joy to our hearts as well?

Working it out in Life

5) As you think about Psalm 65 and the message from Sunday, what stands out to you the most? Is there something that especially encourages, helps, guides or corrects your direction from that passage?

6) Pastor Tom made the point from Psalm 65 that every square inch of all that exists belongs to God. While we may agree with that in the abstract, where might we struggle in fully accepting it? In other words, are there things we observe that would cause us to wonder where God was? Or in another sense, are there areas in our lives where we want to say ‘that’s mine’?

Digging Deeper

7) The Biblical understanding is that when we realize God owns all things that can be very freeing. Have you experienced that? What helps you to have that perspective on the things in your life?

8) What would it look like for you to live out this perspective of God’s ownership in your life at home? At work? As you are on social media or watching television? In your interactions with neighbors or friends?

 

Message date: March 12

Message title: Not One Square Inch

Message Scripture: Psalm 65

Message summary: All too often we become possessive of what we have. We might say, This is my house, my money, my time, my hobbies, my life. Some of this is just how language works, but at times it can be a sign that we have become very forgetful. We forget that all we have and are comes from God’s good hand. It is not mine, but His. When we get forgetful, the Bible can adjust our thinking. Psalm 65 does a great job of reminding us that there is not one square inch of creation that does not belong to God!

Outline:

1) Redeemer of my life   65:1-4

2) Lord over the nations   65:5-8

3) Master of creation   65:9-13