I Am Who I Am, Part 4: God Is Just (06.01.20)

A Study & Practice Guide on the Biblical Names & Characteristics of God

Leader’s Note

We are currently in a practice guide series focused on the Biblical names and character of God. While these guides do not directly map to the Sunday teachings, we do look for thematic connections in our weekly practices for Community Groups. In light of a national moment of profound mourning over race-based injustice, we have focused this week’s practice on the justice at the core of God’s character and the foundation of our faith.

In addition to this guide, we recommend revisiting with your CG the practices from our summer 2019 series “The Gospel & Race.”

Opening Prayer

After the group welcomes one another, have one person open the group in prayer. Take 3 minutes in silence to consciously pray about what emotions came up for you this week? Where in your body are you feeling those? Shift your focus and posture your heart towards this time of seeking God and practicing the way of Jesus in community.

Checking In

Set a timer for 1 minute per person to check in and share what emotions came up. If you’re not comfortable with that, you can answer the question, “What would you like the group to know about your last week?”

Read Scripture Aloud (10 Minutes)

Have one or more people in your group read Psalm 10:12-18 and Isaiah 61. We highly encourage you to follow along in a physical Bible. As you listen and follow along, silently observe anything that stands out to you.

Cultural & Historical Context at a Glance

Read through these few simple things happening in and around this time.

Sharing Observations

Before interpreting the message for how it applies to us today, take 20 minutes to make some simple observations of the text in light of the cultural/historical context above or other things you know. If you have access to a Study Bible, we recommend sharing the notes with your group. 

Here are a few questions to kick off your discussion:

Interpreting the Message

In light of your observations, discuss the message of Psalm 10:12-18 and Isaiah 61 for 20 minutes.

Living in Biblical Truth

(Consider answering these questions in small groups using the Zoom breakout feature!)

After interpreting the message of the text together and what it reveals about God, consider the implications of this truth for your life. Share with one another for 20 minutes:

Closing Intercession (30 Minutes)

We know that we have an advocate with the Father, that is Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1). We believe that prayers of faith are powerful: that we are heard and our cries to our Father have the power to move mountains. 

In that spirit, we ask that you focus your group’s prayer time to intercede for justice in our society: in our CGs, in our neighborhoods, in our city, and our country.

Optional Prayer Prompts

Do you have any lingering questions or thoughts about this practice guide series? You can offer them on this form here.