A Poem for Resurrection People

Questions for Personal Reflection and Discussion

Porter Sprigg - July 30, 2023

A Poem for Resurrection People

Becoming Church

Scripture References: Psalms 126:1-6

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Read Psalm 126:
    When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy. 

4 Restore our fortunes, Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them. (NIV) 


  1. What do you notice in Psalm 126? What strikes you? What questions do you have?
  2. When Desmond Tutu was asked how he could have so much joy despite his difficult circumstances (including terminal cancer), he answer was: “We are resurrection people!”  What did he mean?
  3. How does Christ’s resurrection impact your perspective on day-to-day life?
  4. There’s not just one right way to express joy. Everyone is different, yet God’s joy should be evident in every Christian in some way. How is the joy of the Lord visible in your life?  
  5. Christian joy doesn’t mean we ignore pain and sadness. When you experience heartache, what are some things that help you get through it?
  6. How is the Christian idea of “hope” different from the way the world uses the word “hope”?
  7. Daniel Nayeri in his book Everything Sad is Untrue wrote, “What you believe about the future will change how you live in the present.”  How have you seen this evident in the life of someone who didn’t know the Lord?  How have you seen this in the life of a believer you know?
  8. Read John’s description of our future in Revelation 21:3-5a: And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”What resonates with you out of this passage?
  9. What did you sense God saying to you through this message?