Rapha – RootedWritten by admin on Jun 10, 2019 in - No Comments
When stressful situations arise, our inclination is usually to run away or get combative, but God says, “Be still and know that I am God.” The Hebrew term for “Be still” is raphe, which means “to let your hands hang limp and drop to your side.” In this sermon, Adam explores what it means to rest with calm confidence before God when difficulties come our way.
Sermon Discussion Questions
Psalm 46 (Adam’s sermon, 6/9/19)
- Think of a time when you felt stressed. What were your physical symptoms? What about any psychological, emotional, or spiritual symptoms?
- When the psalmist uses the term “Be still” in Psalm 46:10, the Hebrew is raphe, which literally means, “to let your hands hang by your side.” Can you think of anyone who “rapha’s” well, who carries a calm confidence before God even when in stressful situations? Describe that person and their response to stress.
- “When you rapheand take a posture of calm confidence in God, you no longer feel the need to jump into the fray all the time, and God becomes your defender and vindicator,” Adam said. Have you ever chosen stillness before God in a stressful or desperate situation? Have you ever relied on God to be your defender and vindicator? What was that like?
- The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost while the disciples were raphe-ing. Jesus practiced raphein the Garden of Gethsemane, demonstrating a calm confidence in the Father. What can their examples teach us?
- One way to raphais to let someone pray for you. If you have experienced someone carry your needs to God in prayer on your behalf, what was that like? Is there something on your heart you’d ask a friend, mentor, or church leader to pray for? Trust God to help you ask, and trust that he will hear their prayer on your behalf.