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Interactions: Meeting God - Psalms For the Highs and Lows of Life (Interactions Small Group Series)

Kevin HarneyBill Hybels

Interactions: Meeting God - Psalms For the Highs and Lows of Life (Interactions Small Group Series)

Kevin HarneyBill Hybels

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True stories about the highs and lows of life with God. What is it about the Psalms that creates their ageless appeal? What draws us to them time and again to find courage, hope, and joy? Perhaps it's the way these ancient songs so faithfully mirror our own experience. With depth and passion, the Psalms reflect the many-faceted relationship between humans and God in the ever-changing proving grounds of life. In Psalms, you'll learn about God's heart toward you--and what He looks for in your heart toward Him. You'll find a road map for life. Discover a source of courage in the face of fear. Expand your heart with a fresh realization of God's greatness. And deepen your relationship with a very present, personal Creator.Interactions--a powerful, challenging tool for building deep relationships between you and your group member, and you and God. Interaction is far more than another group Bible study. It's a cutting-edge series designed to help small group participants develop into fully d

- Publisher Meeting GodCopyright 1997 by Willow Creek AssociationPreviously published as PsalmsRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530ISBN-10: 0-310-26599-1ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26599-3All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New InternationalVersion. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission ofZondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, ortransmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or anyother-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.Interior design by Rick Devon and Michelle EspinozaPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1We want to hear from you. Please send your comments about thisbook to us in care of zreview@zondervan.com. Thank you.S E S S I O N 1M E E T I N G G O DT H E B I G P I C T U R EEvery year fortune-tellers and soothsayers try to predict whatwill happen in the coming year. Right now the hot term is"psychic." We don''t hear about fortune-telling or palm readingnearly as much, but psychics are big business. There are many"dial-a-psychic" commercials on television inviting us to discoverwhat our future holds-for a fee. People readily shell outtheir hard-earned money looking for any way to gain insightto their future.Over time, most of us learn that nobody can accurately predictfuture events. As much as people might want channelers, gurus,or psychics to give them a window to the future, it simplydoes not happen.It is this human interest in figuring out the future that causesus to raise an eyebrow when we read Psalm 1. It seems thepsalmist is telling us he can peek into our future. With authority,he tells us some interesting things about what is going tohappen up the road. He says he can predict the future blessednessquotient of what we will experience in our life. He knowsthat some people will experience deep satisfaction of the soulwhile others will face barrenness in their heart and life.THE ROAD TOBLESSEDNESSA W I D E A N G L E V I E W1. Why is there such a deep desire in the human spirit toknow the future?Do you have a friend or relative for whom this is a preoccupation?How does this preoccupation affect their life?A B I B L I C A L P O R T R A I TRead Psalm 1 2. In verses 1-3 the psalmist paints a picture of a personwho will experience "blessedness." What characteristicsmark this person''s life?3. What do we learn about the future of the "wicked"from this psalm?What contrast do you see between these two pictures?S H A R P E N I N G T H E F O C U SRead Snapshot "Blessedness"BLESSEDNESSWhat is blessedness? As the Bible describes it, blessedness is the heart condition for which thewhole world is looking. It is an indescribable inner sense of well-being and dignity, a calmassurance of self-worth. It is that vitality of spirit that you feel when you know deep down in thecore of your being that you are rightly related to God. There are no obstacles between you andHim; you can feel and sense His presence and activity in your life.Blessedness is knowing that over time you are being conformed to His image. It is knowing that you are beingused regularly for God''s purposes, and that your life matters to Him. Blessedness is knowing that God is pleased,not only with who you are, but with what you are doing with your life. It is knowing that God is providing individualprotection, care, and guidance for you, that He is going to take you home with Him someday and you aregoing to spend eternity with Him. Blessedness is that rock-solid confidence that God is in control of your life . . .even in the middle of storms and trials.Blessed is the manwho does not walk in the counsel of the wickedor stand in the way of sinnersor sit in the seat of mockers.But his delight is

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True stories about the highs and lows of life with God. What is it about the Psalms that creates their ageless appeal? What draws us to them time and again to find courage, hope, and joy? Perhaps it's the way these ancient songs so faithfully mirror our own experience. With depth and passion, the Psalms reflect the many-faceted relationship between humans and God in the ever-changing proving grounds of life. In Psalms, you'll learn about God's heart toward you--and what He looks for in your heart toward Him. You'll find a road map for life. Discover a source of courage in the face of fear. Expand your heart with a fresh realization of God's greatness. And deepen your relationship with a very present, personal Creator.Interactions--a powerful, challenging tool for building deep relationships between you and your group member, and you and God. Interaction is far more than another group Bible study. It's a cutting-edge series designed to help small group participants develop into fully d
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Meeting GodCopyright 1997 by Willow Creek AssociationPreviously published as PsalmsRequests for information should be addressed to:Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530ISBN-10: 0-310-26599-1ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26599-3All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New InternationalVersion. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission ofZondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, ortransmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or anyother-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.Interior design by Rick Devon and Michelle EspinozaPrinted in the United States of America05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 /?DCI/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1We want to hear from you. Please send your comments about thisbook to us in care of zreview@zondervan.com. Thank you.S E S S I O N 1M E E T I N G G O DT H E B I G P I C T U R EEvery year fortune-tellers and soothsayers try to predict whatwill happen in the coming year. Right now the hot term is"psychic." We don''t hear about fortune-telling or palm readingnearly as much, but psychics are big business. There are many"dial-a-psychic" commercials on television inviting us to discoverwhat our future holds-for a fee. People readily shell outtheir hard-earned money looking for any way to gain insightto their future.Over time, most of us learn that nobody can accurately predictfuture events. As much as people might want channelers, gurus,or psychics to give them a window to the future, it simplydoes not happen.It is this human interest in figuring out the future that causesus to raise an eyebrow when we read Psalm 1. It seems thepsalmist is telling us he can peek into our future. With authority,he tells us some interesting things about what is going tohappen up the road. He says he can predict the future blessednessquotient of what we will experience in our life. He knowsthat some people will experience deep satisfaction of the soulwhile others will face barrenness in their heart and life.THE ROAD TOBLESSEDNESSA W I D E A N G L E V I E W1. Why is there such a deep desire in the human spirit toknow the future?Do you have a friend or relative for whom this is a preoccupation?How does this preoccupation affect their life?A B I B L I C A L P O R T R A I TRead Psalm 1 2. In verses 1-3 the psalmist paints a picture of a personwho will experience "blessedness." What characteristicsmark this person''s life?3. What do we learn about the future of the "wicked"from this psalm?What contrast do you see between these two pictures?S H A R P E N I N G T H E F O C U SRead Snapshot "Blessedness"BLESSEDNESSWhat is blessedness? As the Bible describes it, blessedness is the heart condition for which thewhole world is looking. It is an indescribable inner sense of well-being and dignity, a calmassurance of self-worth. It is that vitality of spirit that you feel when you know deep down in thecore of your being that you are rightly related to God. There are no obstacles between you andHim; you can feel and sense His presence and activity in your life.Blessedness is knowing that over time you are being conformed to His image. It is knowing that you are beingused regularly for God''s purposes, and that your life matters to Him. Blessedness is knowing that God is pleased,not only with who you are, but with what you are doing with your life. It is knowing that God is providing individualprotection, care, and guidance for you, that He is going to take you home with Him someday and you aregoing to spend eternity with Him. Blessedness is that rock-solid confidence that God is in control of your life . . .even in the middle of storms and trials.Blessed is the manwho does not walk in the counsel of the wickedor stand in the way of sinnersor sit in the seat of mockers.But his delight is
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Meet the Authors

Kevin Harney

Kevin G. Harney is the Teaching Pastor and Evangelism Champion at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana and Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, MI. He is also on the Teaching Team of the campus ministry at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He is author of Leadership from the Inside Out: Examining the Inner Life of a Healthy Church Leader; Seismic Shifts, the little changes that make a BIG difference in your life; John: An Intimate Look at the Saviour; Ephesians: Bringing Heaven to Earth, and co-author of the Willow Creek Interactions series, the Willow Creek New Community series, the Old Testament Challenge series, and Finding a Church You Can Love and Loving the Church You've Found.

Bill Hybels

Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, one of the largest and most influential churches in North America, and the chairman of the board for Willow Creek Association. He convened The Global Leadership Summit in 1995, following a God-given prompting to help raise and develop the spiritual gift of leadership for the local church.

Both visionary and passionate about seeing every local church reach its full God-given potential, he speaks around the world on strategic issues related to leadership, evangelism, and church growth. An exceptional communicator, he is a best-selling author of more than 20 books on personal evangelism, marriage and especially on the subject of Christian leadership, including Just Walk Across the Room, Courageous Leadership and the newly released, The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God and Having the Guts to Respond.

Bill received a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Deerfield, IL. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and one grandson.

Table Of Contents

  • Contents
  • Interactions...7
  • Introduction: Psalms For The Highs
  • And Lows Of Life...9
  • Session 1
  • The Road To Blessedness...11
  • Session 2
  • People Matter To God...19
  • Session 3
  • Reasons For Praise...27
  • Session 4
  • God Only...35
  • Session 5
  • Freedom From Fear...43
  • Session 6
  • The Greatness Of God...51
  • Leader's Notes...59

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S E S S I O N 1 M E E T I N G G O D T H E B I G P I C T U R E Every year fortune-tellers and soothsayers try to predict what will happen in the coming year. Right now the hot term is 'psychic.' We don't hear about fortune-telling or palm reading nearly as much, but psychics are big business. There are many 'dial-a-psychic' commercials on television inviting us to discover what our future holds---for a fee. People readily shell out their hard-earned money looking for any way to gain insight to their future. Over time, most of us learn that nobody can accurately predict future events. As much as people might want channelers, gurus, or psychics to give them a window to the future, it simply does not happen. It is this human interest in figuring out the future that causes us to raise an eyebrow when we read Psalm 1. It seems the psalmist is telling us he can peek into our future. With authority, he tells us some interesting things about what is going to happen up the road. He says he can predict the future blessedness quotient of what we will experience in our life. He knows that some people will experience deep satisfaction of the soul while others will face barrenness in their heart and life. THE ROAD TO BLESSEDNESS A W I D E A N G L E V I E W 1. Why is there such a deep desire in the human spirit to know the future? Do you have a friend or relative for whom this is a preoccupation? How does this preoccupation affect their life? A B I B L I C A L P O R T R A I T Read Psalm 1 2. In verses 1--3 the psalmist paints a picture of a person who will experience 'blessedness.' What characteristics mark this person's life? 3. What do we learn about the future of the 'wicked' from this psalm? What contrast do you see between these two pictures? S H A R P E N I N G T H E F O C U S Read Snapshot 'Blessedness' BLESSEDNESS What is blessedness? As the Bible describes it, blessedness is the heart condition for which the whole world is looking. It is an indescribable inner sense of well-being and dignity, a calm assurance of self-worth. It is that vitality of spirit that you feel when you know deep down in the core of your being that you are rightly related to God. There are no obstacles between you and Him; you can feel and sense His presence and activity in your life. Blessedness is knowing that over time you are being conformed to His image. It is knowing that you are being used regularly for God's purposes, and that your life matters to Him. Blessedness is knowing that God is pleased, not only with who you are, but with what you are doing with your life. It is knowing that God is providing individual protection, care, and guidance for you, that He is going to take you home with Him someday and you are going to spend eternity with Him. Blessedness is that rock-solid confidence that God is in control of your life . . . even in the middle of storms and trials. Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. PSALM 1:1--3 4. What are some sources of advice or counsel you need to avoid? 5. What do you think is involved in keeping yourself by God's streams of water? How can your small group members encourage you and keep you accountable to spend time in God's Word? 6. What fruit do you see growing in your life at this time? Read Snapshot 'Barrenness' 7. If you have experienced true blessedness from God, what would you say to a person who is still trapped in a barren life? 8. Think of a friend or family member who is living a barren life. How might you bring this person the message that God wants them to experience His blessedness? BARRENNESS The psalmist predicts that certain people face a grim, dark future. These 'barren' people will be filled with the gnawing absence of any sense of peace with God. They will be continually confused as to what the game of life is all about. People who live for the things of this world will not discover the meaning of life. They will have a growing fear of death and whatever follows it. The psalmist refers to these people as the 'wicked.' They are like chaff which the wind drives away. All of their efforts are futile, their lives meaningless. Even though they hunger for blessing, all they feel is barrenness. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. PSALM 1:4--5 Read Snapshot 'The Road to Blessedness . . . Obedience' 9. What is one area in your life in which you have been wandering off the road of obedience? What can your group members do to help you stay on the path? THE ROAD TO BLESSEDNESS . . . OBEDIENCE The psalmist says that only the road named 'obedience' will lead to true blessedness. God clearly outlines a map for us to follow. His Word, the Bible, points the direction to faith in Jesus Christ and right living. God gives us the Holy Spirit to encourage us to walk the road of obedience as well as brothers and sisters in faith to support us on the way. If we follow this road, we will ultimately be overwhelmed by how much blessedness He will pour into our life. T T I N G Y O U R S E L F I N T H E P I C T U R E DELIGHTING IN GOD'S WORD The psalmist tells us that one of the things that will help us experience a blessed life is delighting in God's law and meditating on His Word day and night. Take time in the coming week to memorize and meditate on the first three verses of Psalm 1. WALKING THE ROAD OF BLESSEDNESS Identify one specific area in your life where you are not being obedient to God. Do the following things to help you walk the road of obedience in this area: * Confess your disobedience and ask for a deep understanding of God's forgiveness. * Be specific about what it will mean to walk in obedience in this area of your life. What actions must start or stop? * Pray for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to fill you as you seek to follow God in this area of your life. * Ask a close Christian brother or sister to pray for you and keep you accountable to stay on the road of obedience.

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  • Catalogue Code 232980
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  • Pages 96
  • Department Ministry
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  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Jul 2005
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  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 6 mm
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