Light for the Path

Light for the Path

December 17th, 2019
Dave Downey

Psalm 23:1-4

The leader of our path

Jesus leads with care and compassion

  • Shepherd’s don’t drive, they lead
  • As a result, our cooperation is necessary
  • Jesus’ vigilant care and extreme compassion mean he can be trusted

The path

A fulfilling path

  • But let’s not declare the American dream over ourselves
  • Based on need, not desire

A difficult path

  • Control is an illustion…the valley’s will come
  • Suffering as a Christian:
    • A pathway to transformation
    • The good shepherd doesn’t exempt himself from suffering

No matter what stretch of the path we are on we don’t need to be afraid

Questions for group discussion or personal reflection:

What holiday movie or special do you watch over and over again?

Read John 10 when Jesus declares himself as the good shepherd. How can this passage help further animate Psalm 23?

Because Jesus leads in a non-manipulative, non-coercive way, it means communion and cooperation with God are necessary on our end. What does communion with God look like in your day to day? What area of your life do you see you are cooperating with God’s spirit?

What feels particularly fulfilling and/or difficult on your path right now?

What is one of the ways you find life with God most satisfying/fulfilling?

We must be careful not to equate God’s vigilant care as synonymous with providing the American dream. Have you bumped into this kind of prosperity approach (God as a means to an end)? Do you see some of that thinking in your own heart?

As we follow Jesus we don’t need to be afraid. Easier said than done! What does it actually look like to navigate the legitimate pain/suffering life has to offer without fear? What causes us to not be afraid even in the midst of life’s greatest challenges?

In what area of your life are you not following Jesus because of fear?

What action step do you want to take this week based on the discussion?

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