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Small Group Bible Study - Participant Handout

Psalm 23:6

Overview

We can be sure that God’s heart towards His children is good and merciful at all times.

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Ch 11 surely goodness and love will follow me

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever..” (Psalm 23:6)

  • The sheep with such a shepherd know of a surety that His is in a privileged position. No matter what comes, at least and always he can be perfectly sure that goodness and mercy will be in the picture. (154)

 

  • How many Christians actually feel this way about Christ? How many of us are truly convinced that no matter what occurs in our lives we are being followed by goodness and mercy. (154)

 

  • My serenity has as its basis an implicit, unshakeable reliance on His ability to do the right thing, the best thing in any given situation. (156)

 

  • All the care, all the work, all the alert watchfulness, all the skill, all the concern, all the self- sacrifice are born of His love- the love of one who loves His sheep, loves His work and loves his role as shepherd. (57)

 

  • There is a positive, practical aspect in which my life in turn should be one whereby goodness and mercy follow in my footsteps for the wellbeing of others. (157)

 

  • The only real practical measure of my appreciation of the goodness and mercy of God is the extent to which I am, in turn, prepared to show goodness and mercy to others. If I am unable to forgive and extend friendship to fallen men and women, then it is quite certain I know little or nothing in a practical sense of Christs forgiveness and mercy to me. (162)

1. How can we define goodness and mercy?

 

2. Give examples of goodness and mercy in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm up

Think of a time when your children or grandchildren asked you for something that you knew would not be good for them. (Food, video game, movie, dating) How did they react? Do you ever react they same way when God denies your request. Do we trust that our Shepherd has our best interests in mind?

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Ch 12- I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever..” (Psalm 23:6)

 

  • The old world is a pretty wretched ranch, and Satan is a heartless owner. He cares not a whit for men's souls or welfare. Under his tyranny there are hundreds of hungry, discontented hearts who long to enter into the household of God- who ache for His care and concern. Yet there is only one way into this fold. That way is through the owner, Christ himself- the good shepherd. (170)

2. In many ways we all long to be “home” What does this reveal to us about ourselves.

 

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

C.S. Lewis

 

The garden, the tabernacle, the temple, our hearts, the New Jerusalem

 

Apply

In response to today’s lesson, we can:

  • Know that no matter what we face in life, God is good and merciful.

  • Remember that our greatest need is to know Christ and to live with Him.

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