Taking Delight – Psalm 119 – – Embracing the Struggle – Discussion Questions

  1. Reflect on a time when you felt alone in your suffering. How did you find solace in God’s Word, and which scriptures brought you the most comfort during that period? (Psalm 199; Psalm 23:4)
  2. Discuss the concept of suffering as an inevitable part of a righteous life. Can you share instances where standing firm in your faith led to personal trials? (John 15:18-20; 2 Timothy 3:12)
  3. The sermon touched on the importance of community in times of hardship. Share your thoughts on how Christian fellowship has supported you through tough times and how we can better serve one another in love. (Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 10:24-25)
  4. How do you reconcile the tension of conflict within the church when it is supposed to be a source of strength and unity? What steps can we take to embody Christ’s commandment to love one another amidst such challenges? (John 13:34-35; Ephesians 4:2-3)
  5. The sermon mentioned that survival might seem like a modest goal but can be a profound testimony to the resilience of faith. Discuss how this perspective changes your view of enduring difficult seasons in life. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9; James 1:12)
  6. In what ways can the Psalms be used as a “sword” in the darkest times? Share examples of how you have used scripture as a source of strength and defense against life’s challenges. (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12)
  7. Consider the metaphor of holding onto something tightly as an illustration of surviving through faith. Discuss personal experiences where clinging to God’s promises was crucial for your spiritual survival. (Isaiah 41:10; Joshua 1:9)
  8. The sermon highlighted stories where physical Bibles survived calamities. How does this symbolize the enduring power of God’s Word for you? Discuss how this impacts your faith. (Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 24:35)
  9. Discuss the idea presented in the sermon that sometimes our greatest accomplishment is simply to survive. How does this statement align with or challenge your understanding of success in the Christian journey? (Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 9:24)
  10. Reflect on the call to be ready to wield the Word of God at all times. How can we prepare ourselves daily to use scripture effectively in both good times and times of struggle? (Psalm 119:11; 1 Peter 3:15)
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