Sermons

Zaphon(Psalm 48; Hebrews 12:22–24, 28-29)

ZAPHON                          
PSALM 48
HEBREWS 12:22–24, 28-29

In the face of adversity, God invites his children to find comfort in who he is, what he has done in the past, and what he promises to do on the Last Day.

I.    PRAISE FOR ZION (VV. 1-11)
    A.    A Call to Praise (vv. 1-3)
    B.    The Reason for Praise (vv. 4-8)
    C.    The True Fortress (vv. 2-3, 9-11)

II.    THE DAY OF DELIVERANCE (V. 2)
    A.    The Lies of False Teachers
    B.    Zaphon & Armageddon (v. 2; cf. Isaiah 14:13-15)
    C.    The Fortress Destroyed

III.    TOURING ZION (VV. 12-14; HEBREWS 12:22–24, 28-29)
    A.    Walk about Zion (vv. 12-14)
    B.    Destroyed Temples and Empty Tombs

DISCUSSION STARTERS

1.    Monday—Where does God call his people to find comfort in the midst of attacks from enemies? Where is their fortress? (vv. 1-3)
2.    Tuesday—What do false teachers teach us about the nature of affliction and God’s love? How does bad teaching like this rob you of comfort when life is hard?
3.    Wednesday—Why does the Bible draw our attention to the Last Day in order to find comfort? How does that help you in your present struggles?
4.    Thursday—Psalm 48 draws the eyes of the hearer to the temple for comfort. Yet that temple was later destroyed. Does this negate God’s offer of comfort? Why or why not?
5.    Friday—Hebrews 12:22 and following says that in worship we meet with God in on Zion. What does that mean? How does that help you in the midst of affliction?