Conversation Starters help us dig deeper, connecting Sunday’s sermons with our Monday lives. These prompts have been designed to help Community Groups grow in their relationship with God, with one another, and with their neighbors. Please know that these questions are meant to be a resource to you. You do not have to follow them verbatim or get through them all. We trust you to know your group and to ask the questions based on your group needs.
1) What stood out to you in the sermon?
2) Tom shared that the Psalmist is “far from home. . . far from all that was once familiar, the people and places he loves, his community of faith. . . [he] longs to be home and to experience the joy he once had! The joy he longs for feels like a distant and haunting memory.” During this pandemic, how have you felt the challenge of being “far from” the people and places we once enjoyed?
3) Three times we read “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God.” The Psalmist speaks truth to himself in the midst of his turmoil. What messages are you telling yourself?
4) Tom shared that these Psalms give us a picture of someone who is overwhelmed. He pointed out that true joy is not found in positive life circumstances, but in relational intimacy with God and the people of God. During this time, what practices, Bible verses, or steps of faith have helped you find joy?
5) Biblical hope is a confident expectation of good things to come that energizes life in the present. What is one way you could share your hope with someone this week?