Blessed and sustained

Going into Part 5 of our 'Look Up' series we see how God is a Blessing and Strength, sustaining His people. With Johnny preaching, Kevin & Liz providing a children's and youth segment and Angela an everyday faith moment there will definitely be some take aways this week.

Questions for you and your Life Groups

1. Can you think of a time when you have felt particularly ‘favoured’ by someone?

2. Read Psalm 128 in two different versions. What immediately strikes you?

3. What are the indicators of blessedness according to the Psalmist?

4. Does the lack of these particular indicators mean a lack of blessing? Where does suffering fit in to the blessed life? Think about Jesus’ own example and experience.

5. How might you know that you are blessed by God? Can you find places in Scripture that support these ideas?

6. ‘God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him’ Discuss!?

7. Read Psalm 129 in two different versions. What immediately strikes you?

8. This Psalm shows the community of faith looking back and remembering their struggles and God’s faithfulness. Do you have any examples of this from your own life?

9. In v1 and v2 Israel is called to remember together. What do you think is the value of a whole community remembering their journey of faith together? Are there any positives and negatives of a community bringing up past sufferings?

10. 1 Cor 12:12-26 talks about the church’s identity as one body, made up of individuals. What do you think we can do as a community to support collective, as well as individual suffering?

11. Who might need our prayers of blessing or strength at this particular time? How could we practically help and support them in this?

Quotable Quotes

‘All believers receive the power to become children of God, to be transformed and restored to our true nature, people created in the image of God.’ Charles Colson

“Pray, and let God worry.” Martin Luther

“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God's word, and trust the process.” Germany Kent

‘It is such a glorious thing when Christ so transforms someone that you can't even imagine that person being what he or she used to be. You realise that it is the power of a changed life. And that is what God can do.’ Greg Laurie

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