Grow Group Questions • Psalm 11 • Through The Valley

  1. Icebreaker: What are some of the worst pieces of advice you’ve received or given? (bonus points for funny consequences)
  2. Read Psalm 11 in a few translations. What did you like about these verses? Did anything bother you? Why?
  3. In Psalm 11:1-3, we can see King David’s friends doing their best to give him advice and care for him. What are some things you think might have been motivating their advice?
      1. Do you think King David would have been sinning if he had followed their advice, and ran away? Why or why not?
      2. Do you think it’s sinful to trust in our own ability to control? Why or why not?
      3. Do you think there is a difference between running away in faith in God and running away in faith in our own control? Why or why not?
      4. In situations where it can be murky how other’s opinions might be motivated, or whether they are right or wrong, how can we find what God’s will is? Is it always important to know exactly what God’s will is for a specific situation? How do humility and trust play into this?
  4. In Psalm 11:4-7, we see King David’s answer to his friend’s advice. Why do you think he chose to answer them in this way? Does anything stand out to you about his answer? 
      1. Why is it important that we realize that God has ultimate control over everything? How does that affect our day-to-day lives?
      2. Do you find comfort in our world of chaos that God is still on His throne, and in complete control?
  5. When do you find yourself most tempted to “take control” of your own life? Are you struggling with that now?What actions can we take to trust in God’s plan and sovereignty? What do you think it practically means for us to meet with God “in His temple”?
 

Senior Pastor Search Team Prayer Request

Pray for Unity of Mind and Spirit as we continue to seek God’s leading of this process through this unprecedented time. Let us Rejoice that He is sovereign and active in this!
 
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
Philippians 2:1-3 ESV
 
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Colossians 1:16-17 ESV
 
“I (Paul) therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV

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