Table for Two – Discussion Guide

Getting Started

Main Idea: 
The Lord is our Shepherd.

Discussion Starter: 
If you could have one special meal with anyone living, who would you choose?

This weekend Pastor Chris shared a message he heard from Louie Giglio on the 23rd Psalm. For those who grew up in church this passage is very familiar. It is embroidered on pillows, displayed in homes, and it is one of the first scriptures that many memorized as children. If you didn’t grow up in church, you will probably still recognize these verses because they are often read at funerals. Let’s take some time to dig deeper into these familiar words.

Encounter God

Primary Scriptures:  Psalm 23:1-6
Discussion Questions:

  1. There is a lot of imagery in these verses. Which image is your favorite?
  2. David was a shepherd before he became the king of Israel, so he was very familiar with sheep. Today we may find it a bit harder to relate to this analogy. Pastor talked about how the shepherd’s crook could be used to rescue a sheep from drowning. Can you share a time when God rescued you?
  3. Verse 5 says that God prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. What enemies keep you from making time for God? Busyness? Distraction?
  4. Verse 6 reminds us of eternity. How do we live in the present but keep our eyes on eternity?

Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Psalm 23:1-6 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.

Embrace Others

Suggestion: Consider breaking the group into twos or threes for this section.

Getting to know each other: Do you feel like your spiritual life is fast food or fine dining lately?

Getting to know Him: If you have not memorized Psalm 23, commit to take the time to memorize it this week together with another member of your group. If you have memorized it, try reading it through each day in a different translation and sharing it with another member of the group.

Engage the World Around Us

Engaging at Faith Promise:  No Tricks, All Treats is coming to your campus October 26-27! Talk to your fpKids team leader and find out how you can help.

Engaging in Community and the World: The 23rd Psalm is often read at funerals. As we approach a season of holidays, think about those around you who may be having their first Thanksgiving or Christmas without a loved one. Reach out to them as a group. Let them know you are praying for them and that there is a place at your table for the holidays.

Expand God’s Kingdom

Psalm 23:5 says, “my cup overflows.” Where do you have an abundance? How can you let that overflow nourish and feed others?