Psalm for Prayer - August 20, 2018

Psalm 71:1–6 (ESV)

1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! 

2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! 

3 Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 

4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man. 

5 For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. 

6 Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.

Psalm for Prayer - August 13, 2018

Psalm 80:1–2, 8-19 (ESV)

1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. 

2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us!

8 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it. 

9 You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land. 

10 The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches. 

11 It sent out its branches to the sea and its shoots to the River. 

12 Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? 

13 The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it. 

14 Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine, 

15 the stock that your right hand planted, and for the son whom you made strong for yourself. 

16 They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your face! 

17 But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself! 

18 Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name! 

19 Restore us, O LordGod of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Here is a list of the verses that deal with the inspiration of the Bible, i.e., what the Bible says about itself. These are in the order that I used them during the sermon series.  Please use them to develop a cross-reference system in your own Bibles as you please.


2 Timothy 3:16

2 Peter 1:20–21

Hebrews 1:1–2

Genesis 1:3

Isaiah 7:7


Romans 9:17

Ps. 95:7).

Hebrews 3:7–8


Acts 4:24–25

2 Thessalonians 2:13

2 Peter 3:15–16


o Deut.8:3

o Deut.6:16

o Deut.6:13

Ex.3:6  Mk 12:26-27.

Isaiah 56:7   Mk. 11:17

Jn.10:35    Ps. 82:6

Matthew 5:18

Luke 4:18-21quoting Is.61:1ff

Luke 24:25–27

John 5:39

John 16:13–14

John 14:26


Psalm for Prayer - August 6, 2018

Psalm 50:1–8, 22-23 (ESV)

1 The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 

2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. 

3 Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest. 

4 He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: 

5 “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!” 

6 The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah

7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God. 

8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me.

22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver! 

23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!”

Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

What the Bible Says about Itself


1.    By how many different authors and for how long of a time period was the Bible written? In what way does this add to the credibility of the Bible?

2.    Define “inspiration” theologically.

3.    What does the term “inspiration” literally mean in 2 Timothy 3:16?  What is the main point Paul is making about the Scriptures by creating this new term?

4.    What is the general method of “inspiration” that 2 Peter 1:20-21 describes? 

a.    What does the Greek word for “interpretation” literally mean?

b.    In what other contexts from the book of Acts does the term “carried along” occur?

5.    So, combining 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:20-21, describe the general process by which we got the Scriptures.

6.    From your knowledge of the Scriptures, give some specific examples of how God spoke “at many times and in many ways” to his prophets throughout both the OT and the NT.

Psalm for Prayer - July 30, 2018

Psalm 107:1–9(ESV)

1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! 

2 Let the redeemed of the Lordsay so, whom he has redeemed from trouble 

3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. 

4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; 

5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 

6 Then they cried to the Lordin their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 

7 He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. 

8 Let them thank the Lordfor his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 

9 For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

43 Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.