Community Group Study Guide
For the week of May 17, 2020
FOOD DROP OFF – Friday’s 11:00am – 2:00pm
3 Ways to Give to the Food Drive:
Drop off donations at our Ballast Point Campus, 5101 Bayshore Blvd.
(Note: Hours have changed: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fridays only)
Ship Items from Amazon or from a local Tampa business to the Ballast Point Campus, 5101 Bayshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33611
Go to stfchurch.com to see list of needs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
LifePath Hospice cares for over 1000 Tampa residents in their homes. As a church, we have the opportunity to encourage these amazing essential workers by sending them hand-written cards of appreciation. You can mail your card to:
3010 W Azeele St.
Tampa, FL 33609
1. The writer of Psalms was having an inner discussion with himself. We too have internal dialogs with ourselves. The things we say to ourselves are very important because they determine the things we desire, choose, say, and do. What have you been saying to you about yourself? What have you been saying to yourself about God?
2. Guest speaker, Tony said that as he was laying in the hospital, he asked God, “Why? What is my purpose in all of this?, How long will it be like this?” And yet, he also said that through the church and relationships that he had, such as he did with Pastor JJ, that he knew God loved him, had a plan for him, and will provide for him. When in your life that all seems to make no sense that God has placed people in your life to encourage you?
3. What part of the teaching did you find challenging to your thinking or living?
1. From the descriptive words and phrases, what diagnosis best fits the psalmist’s condition:
- Plagued by spiritual doubts?
2. Although the psalmist asks the same question in 42:9 that his foes ask in 42:3 and 42:10, what is the difference in how these questions are put? What does this say about the dark side of faith and the sunny side of doubt?
3. What causes God to seem far away at times? Who moved, God or you? How might this Psalm help you in times when you wonder where God is?
TAKING IT HOME
1. When adulting, parenting or your marriage seems difficult and overwhelming, who can you speak honestly with? Who speaks Godly truths back to you? Do you listen?
2. Today, when it feels as if no one understands, what gospel will you preach to you? What song will you sing to recall who God is in the midst of your suffering?
Please take some time to open up another zoom call with men only/women only, and spend time in sharing and praying Psalm 42:11 over one another. May we breathe Godly truths into one another to encourage and be good listeners for those who are hurting.