Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by projection from the message and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Chris called us to worship with Isaiah 9:2-7 and we sang All Creatures of our God and King and Wonderful Maker.
Seth Hepler led us in a Prayer of Confession and we sang Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground).
Matthew read Galatians 4:4-7 and Chris prayed specifically for those who are chronically ill as well as mothers of preschoolers.
After the prayer, Matthew introduced our new sermon series, Songs of the Savior, a study of the Messianic Psalms. We watched the video by the American Museum of Natural History, "The Known Universe", and Matthew preached a message on Psalm 8.
After the message we sang Who Am I and Will Hagan shared a word of prophecy from Psalm 139.
Matthew led us in praying for those present who have lost a spouse and introduced a new song for this season, He Who is Mighty.
Matthew closed our time together with a benediction from 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
Projection from the message:
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! - Psalm 8
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. - 1 Corinthians 1:20-25
For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. - Hebrews 2:5-10
"The right inference from His ordered heavens is not His remoteness but His eye for detail." - Derek Kidner
1. Psalm 8 shows us that God is both supreme in majesty and supreme in mercy. In what ways are both of these truths represented in this passage?
2. God has given us a measure of glory and honor by creating us in His image. Because of this, our dignity and worth as a human does not come from our achievements or lack thereof. What does this mean? What ramifications does such a truth have on our lives? Is the same thing true for nonbelievers as well?
3. Have you ever felt like a mistake or aberration? How do the passages that Matthew read (see above) refute that lie?
4. Matthew called the incarnation of Christ "scandalous" what did he mean by this? What is the significance that God became like us for a little while?
Posted on Mon, December 7, 2015
by Serena Walker