Updated: Sep 10
This week we will be looking at Psalm 126-127 which is Part Four of our 'Look up' series. Our guest preacher this week is Nell Goddard from IJM; focussing on 'Restoration & Building' Barbara Ball and a younger guest bringing our all-age spot, and our very own builder Kev Swift will be sharing some of his story.
Questions for you and your Life Groups to explore
1. Is there anything you are particularly proud of building or renovating yourself? (Maybe during lockdown?)
2. Read Psalm 126 in two different versions. What immediately strikes you?
3. What situation, do you think, has prompted the psalmist to look up? How do they find encouragement in the midst of the crisis?
4.. What can we learn about the character of God from this Psalm?
5. Where in the Bible have you seen God redeem a hopeless situation? Have you experienced this in your own life?
6. How can we play a part in the process of redeeming hopeless situations in the lives of those around us?
7. Read Psalm 127 in two different versions. What immediately strikes you?
8. What do you think the Psalmist means by ‘house’?
9. How might this Psalm help in our every-day home life and our relationships within our family? 10. This Psalm talks about children being a blessing from the Lord. This can be understood as a blessing for the whole community of faith, not just the parents. How can the whole church help raise children in their faith-journey?
11. What would you like God to restore or build in your life or in the lives of those around you? Pray about these as a group.
‘For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.’ 1 Corinthians 3:9
‘Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; 'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.’ John Newton
‘And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.’ Isaiah 58:12