September 18, 2022

A Song About Judgment in Jerusalem

Passage: Psalm 50

Pastor Phill preaches this Sunday (September 18, 2022) on Psalm 50. The big idea this week is that an accurate view of God results in accurate worship of God. Psalm 50 invokes an image of a courtroom where God as both righteous Judge and prosecutor judges gathered worshipers: the self-righteous and the wickedly disobedient. Although the psalm appears to present a future hypothetical, God did this in the past by becoming the one judged as the Godman, Jesus Christ! The Scripture readings from our worship service were from Isaiah 1:10-18, Matthew 23:23-28, and 1 Timothy 1:17.

Discussion Question:

  1. In what ways do you see that our view of God, impacts our worship of God? How have you seen that in the word? How have you seen that in others?
  2. In what ways does Psalm 50 reflect a courtroom?
  3. How does it impact our worship to know God as judge?
  4. How does Matthew 23 demonstrate how Jesus was judge? How does Jesus engage with people? How does Jesus as judge impact our worship?
  5. How does it impact our worship and our engagement with God to know Jesus who was the judge became the defendant?
  6. How does thank offerings to God regularly with God impact our worship? How do we see this in His word?
  7. What do you think are reasons you and/or others struggle with being regularly thankful?
  8. How can we implement regular patterns of thankfulness in our lives? What would it look like?
  9. How does God as judge impact our worship and knowledge of His grace?
  10. Are there ways that this knowledge of Him as judge that is difficult for you or others? What do you think contributes to this difficulty?
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