MESSAGE NOTES

OUR SECURITY IS IN GOD ALONE
 
Psalm 125:1-5
Casey Franklin 

The Big Idea: God gives us the stability to live boldly! 

God is our Wall of Protection. (A picture of protection) vv. 1-2 

God does not allow the righteous to be oppressed for long. (A reason for our security) v. 3 

We need to live confident that God is on our side. (An expectation that God will secure us) vv. 4-5

 DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Quick Review: Review this week’s teaching. Is there anything that challenges you? 

My Story: This week we learned that true security is found in God alone. Do you think we live in a secure world? If you don’t, you’re not alone. And let’s face it; there isn’t much reason to feel secure about our world. Can you think of some things that we tend to put our security in, such as money, material possessions, people or knowledge? Is it easy or hard to find your true security in God alone? 

Digging Deeper: 

  1. This Psalm begins with imagery of Zion as a city surrounded by sheltering mountains. What is this trying to communicate about God? How is God like a wall of protection for us? What is the condition that is mentioned in v. 1 for the security of God to be present? 
  2. Even though this metaphor of the mountains is a powerful reminder of God’s protection, it has its limitations. Over the centuries, the mountains themselves weren’t enough to prevent other nations from taking over. Read Psalm 121:1-2 and 46:1. Where does our real security lie? 
  3. In verse 3, we read about the “scepter of wickedness.” What is this scepter? We live in a world where it looks like the wicked are always in control. But this verse says, “For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous.” The key word here is rest. The reality of wickedness will not remain on the righteous. Evil, pain, suffering—none of these are permanent. In what ways does this bring relief and comfort to you? 4. In verse 4 we see a prayer for God to do good to those who are good. The Psalmist longs for a time when the faithful will prevail over the wicked. Reflect on how the Lord loves to “Do Good” to his people. As a parent, reflect on how you love to bless your children with good gifts, with protection and security, etc. The last phrase in this Psalm is a prayer for peace for Israel. Why was the Psalmist so concerned with peace being upon Israel? How is this prayer relevant for today? 

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

 If you are visiting today or if you are new to Aspen Ridge Church, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Casey is available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, Pastor Casey and his wife Valerie will welcome you in the library (Room 207). 
 

BAPTISM

Are you interested in being baptized? Are there questions surrounding this that we can answer? We will have two orientation meetings at 9:00 AM, one on July 7 and another on July 14 in Room 204. We ask that you attend one of those meetings to participate. For more information, please contact the main office. 

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PRESENTATION

Mary Clark will again present “The History of Religious Freedom in America” on Sunday, June 30, during The Gathering’s regularly scheduled 9:00 AM meeting time. If you missed it last time, make sure to join us this time to hear about our country’s foundations, as Mary presents this special topic in the chapel. 

MOPS ANNUAL GARAGE SALE 

Our Mothers of Preschoolers program is holding their annual fundraising garage sale on August 3, and they are gratefully accepting donations. Now is a great time to get rid of your stuff, including clothing, accessories, home furnishings, toys, games, books, electronics and household items. Storage is available in the church annex and that key is available through the office. If you can help, please contact the church office or Keturah Kerst at 720.44.MOPS1 

HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSURE

Our church office will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of our Nation’s independence. We praise God for the blessings of our freedom and continue to pray for those who are sacrificing daily on our behalf. 

FAITH DAY AT COORS FIELD 

Please join us on August 11 to celebrate Faith Day with the Colorado Rockies! The game begins at 2:10 PM and our seats will be in Section U334 (upper deck – right behind home plate). The seats are $16.00 each and your payment, made in the church office by Sunday – July 21, secures your ticket.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

Mission Hills Church is scheduling weekly trips to Oklahoma to help in disaster relief. If you are interested, please see our website for full details. 

Samaritan’s Purse is scheduling a local volunteer response for the victims of wildfires in Colorado. Please see our website for a link to find out more about how you could help! 

STUDENT MINISTRIES THIS SUMMER 

There will be no Uproar Middle School Ministry or Back Porch High School Ministry this week in honor of Independence Day. We will resume next week. Please check our website for details about the rest of the summer’s fantastic events!

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