Week 1: From Death to Life
From Death to Life Notes
“The Lord is my shepherd.” (Ps. 23:1 NIV)
“…he will deliver you from death…” (Job 5:20 NIV)
“All of us are like sheep. We have wandered away from God.
All of us have turned to our own way.” (Isa. 53:5 NIRV)
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11 NIV)
“If anyone wants to follow me, he must say no to himself. He must pick up his cross every day and follow me. (Luke 9:23 NIRV)
Jesus delivers you from death to a life of self-sacrifice.
Is that what you want?
Week 2: Worry
The Problem with Worry: It's Unhelpful,Unreasonable,Unhealthy
WHAT IS THE ANTIDOTE TO WORRY?
TRUST YOUR SHEPHERD TO TAKE CARE OF YOU
"The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need."(Ps. 23:1 NLT)
What Does A Shepherd Do?
1. A shepherd provides.
"My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:19)
2. A shepherd protects.
God will protect you from harm, no matter how often trouble may strike. (Job 5:19 CEV)
3. A shepherd guides.
For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. (Psalm 48:14 NIV)
APPLICATION: LEARN TO TRUST YOUR SHEPHERD
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:11-13 NIV)
Choose to Always Trust God’s Promises
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” (John 14:1 NLT)
"So don't be anxious about tomorrow, God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time." (Matt. 6:34 LB)
"Your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well what you need, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to." (Matt. 6:32-33 LB)
Choose to Always Pray About Everything
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-7 NLT)
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7 NIV)
Choose to Always Connect with other believers
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another… (Heb. 10:24-25 NIV)
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” Heb 3:13
Week 3: Busyness
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters (Psalm 23:1-2 NIV)
For sheep to lie down they must be free of…
1. Free from Fear
“Sheep are helpless, timid, feeble creatures… with no means of self-defense… whose only recourse is to run.” (Keller, A Shepherd look at Psalm 23)
The unexpected and unknown lead us to fear, but our shepherd’s presence brings peace.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. Trust in me also.” (John 14:1 NIRV) Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21-22 NIV)
2. Free from Conflict
“Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away, 22 I will save my flock…” (Ezekiel 34: 21-22 NIV)
We are prone to envy, pride and conflict; but the Shepherd protects the weak and disciplines the bully.
For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. (James 3:16 NKJV)
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. (James 4:1-2 NIV)
3. Free from Pests
We are easily bugged by little things(sins, others), but the Shepherd cleanses our soul.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2 NIV)
…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (Heb. 10:21 NIV)
4. Free from Hunger
We will search endlessly for meaning and hope in entertainment, art, spots, travel, hobbies, books, and careers; but the Shepherd feeds us with His Word and saving others.
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mat. 4:4 NIV)
“I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” (John 4:32) leading others to the Messiah
5. Free from Thirst
“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (Jer. 2:13 NIV)
We settle for sugar water, but the Shepherd offers living water.
“Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit… (John 7:37-39 NIV)
APPLICATION: HE MAKES & LEADS
Are you following, or eating and drinking unhealthy stuff?
When Jesus is your shepherd,
You trust him to protect
You seek him in conflict
You let him cleanse you (sheep dip)
You consume God’s Word
You dwell in/follow the Spirit
Then you will rest!!!
Week 4: Downcast?
"He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake." (Ps. 23:3 NIV)
THE PROBLEM OF A CAST DOWN SHEEP:
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? (Ps. 42:11a)
THE ROLL OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD:
He watches out for you.
He rescues you.
He guides you.
THE ROLL OF SHEEP:
Trust: Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Ps. 42:11b)
Call: 7 “In my distress I called to the Lord; I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.
10 He parted the heavens and came down… (2 Sam. 22 NIV)
7 Fresh Attitudes to Move You onto New Ground With God
1. Instead of loving myself most I am willing to love Christ best and others more than myself.
2. Instead of being one of the crowd I am willing to be singled out, set apart from the gang.
3. Instead of insisting on my rights I am willing to forego them in favor of others.
4. Instead of being “boss” I am willing to be at the bottom of the heap.
5. Instead of finding fault with life and always asking “why?” I am willing to accept every circumstance of life in an attitude of gratitude.
6. Instead of asserting my will, I [will] learn to cooperate with His wishes and comply with His will.
7. Instead of choosing my own way I am willing to chose to follow in Christ’s way: simply to do what He asks me to do.
(Phillip Keller, A Shepherd look at Psalm 23, p.77)
Week 5: Valleys
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
(Ps. 23 ESV)
Shepherds lead sheep into valleys for four reasons....
1. To get to a better place
2. To take the gentlest grade.
3. To have access to water
4. To have access to grass
Our Shepherd leads us into valleys too
1. To get us to a better place in life...
2. To nudge us to drink living water (God’s Spirit) and eat the bread of life (God’s Word)
FOUNDATIONAL TRUTH: You are with me
Jesus said “surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mat. 28:20) “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:16-18)
"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33NIV)
"As Christians we sooner or later discover that it is in the valleys of our lives that we find refreshment from God himself. It is not until we have walked with Him through some very deep troubles that we discover He can lead us to find our refreshment in Him right in the midst of our difficulty…
During my wife's illness and after her death I could not get over the strength, soulless and serene outlook imparted to meet virtually hour after hour by the presence of God's gracious Spirit himself. It was as if I was being repeatedly refreshed and restore despite the most desperate circumstances all around me.” (Phillip Keller, A Shepherd look at Psalm 23, p.86)
APPLICATION: WHAT WE MUST DO IN THE VALLEY...
"The basic question is not whether we have many or few valleys. It is not whether those valleys are dark or merely grey with shadows. The question is how do I react to them? How do I go through them? How do I cope with the calamities that come my way?" (Phillip Keller, A Shepherd look at Psalm 23, p.91)
BECAUSE JESUS IS WITH ME...
I will not fear...
I will not stop…
I will not ignore
His rod (Word) and staff (Spirit)…
Week 6: Bad to Good
Bad to Good Notes
"Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life..." Psalm 23:6
Good: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Mercy: “In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3)
FOUR OBJECTS LESSONS ON GOD’S GOODNESS
TABLE: "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” Psalm 23:5
CUP: “my cup overflows." Psalm 23:5
Overflow cup & table with what?
1) With Hope: "God will help you overflow with hope in him through the Holy Spirit's power within you." Romans 15:13
2) With love: "May the Lord make your love to grow and overflow." I Thes. 3:12
3) With joy "Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and your cup of joy will overflow." John 16:24
OIL: "You anoint my head with oil." Psalm 23:5
He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Cor. 1:22 NIV)
HOUSE: “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Ps 23:6
Temple: “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” (Ps. 27:4)
Heaven: "We know that our body ... will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a house for us. It will not be a house made by human hands; instead, it will be a home in heaven that will last forever." (2 Cor. 5:1 NCV)
Presence: The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Ex. 33:19)
REFLECT ON YOUR LIFE....
Do you see how God is providing?
Do you leave goodness and mercy behind?
Do you listen to the Spirit or quench him out?
What is your next step?
What does God want you to do?
Trust, Do Good, Listen