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									                                                               Sermon Outline and Notes

                                           Series: MARGIN
                                           Message: "Living Below Your Speed Limit"
                                           Mike Barris
                                           February 6, 2011
                                           Text: Psalm 46:10; Psalm 23:1-3; Psalm 16:1-11

Psa. 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Psa. 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.

Psa. 16:1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.

Psa. 16:2 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
 apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the godly who are in the land,
 “They are the noble people
 in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods
 will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out their libations of blood
 or take up their names on my lips.

Psa. 16:5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.

Psa. 16:7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psa. 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
1.      Hurry is one of the greatest enemies of your spiritual life.
        Psalm 46:10

2.         Our need for speed comes from too many choices and a false idea of what makes life meaningful.
           Psalm 23:1-3

3.         The problem of EGO – Edging God Out
           Psalm 16:1-4

4.         To know God more deeply, and to live life more fully, you must learn to live below your speed limit.
           Psalm 16:5-11

                                         Growing as a Christ-Follower
                                Personal and Small Group Reflection Questions
 1. Read Psalm 46. Notice that the context is trouble. How does the city of God contrast with the troubles of the
 world? How does this Psalm encourage you as you face the troubles in this world?

     2. Read Psalm 23 … slowly. From clues found within the text, what is going on in David’s life? How does being in
     the presence of the Lord make a difference for David?

  3. According to Psalm 16, what blessings come to believers as we say “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from

     4. In the message, Pastor Mike talked about how when we strive to do things under our own power (“I can, I can, I
     can”) we deal with ego – the idea that we can handle life by ourselves but also with the problem of EGO – Edging
     God Out. How does the problem of EGO happen in your life? What adjustments do you need to make?

  5. React to this quote from the message: “To be hurried is a state of the soul. It’s an inward condition. It’s when I’m so
  preoccupied with my own agenda, with me, with my own little life, and the ego and anxieties that flow out of that
  that I am unable to simply receive love and grace from my Heavenly Father from one moment to the next, and then
  unable to be with people and listen and love and care.” Does this apply to your life? If so, how?

     6. Do you have a problem trying to do more and more in less and less time? Do you hurry constantly in your life?
     What deeper need might that be causing this? Try to do some serious reflection on the motivation for your hurried
     life. Then consider whether you want to keep living this way.

     7.What action step or change in the way you live can you take as the result of God’s Word?

Close in Prayer
  • Begin in thanksgiving praising God that he wants to have a deep relationship with you and to refresh your soul.
  • Pray for each other in light of your answers to questions 4, 5, or 6.
  • Pray for the people of our fellowship that God will do a new work of refreshing our souls as we seek more of

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