HOME CHURCH SERVICE
Passage: Psalm 1
Speaker: Pastor Jason
Title: ROOTED (Seeking God)
Psalm 1 and Biblical Meditation:
Pray together and then read Psalm 1. Use the basic principles of meditation that were shared in the message:
- read slowly
- read 2-3 times.
- Make a note of the words, phrases, or ideas that stand out to you
- Is there anything that your (stubborn) soul needs to have spoken to it?
- Meditation Questions to use for any Bible passage you read:
What does God tell us about Himself in this reading?
What does this reading tell us about people (ourselves and/or others)?
What is something I can take from this reading and live out today?
What is something from this reading that I will share with someone else?
1) Discuss what you believe God is speaking to you through your time in Psalm 1
2) Talk about the value and challenges of using these principles of biblical meditation to fill your mind and speak to your soul with God's truth.
3) Romans 7:15- I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do...For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
This verse applies so clearly to our struggle with consistency in God's word. We want to do it, but we don't. Discuss both a good experience that has reinforced your desire to read the Bible, and the challenges that prevent you from doing what you desire to do.
4) It is typically not an easy thing to be expected (or feel forced) to delight in something when you don't. Yet God calls on us to delight in Him and His word.
Talk about how to fight for delight. (Perhaps CS Lewis's quote below helps. Perhaps you have other thoughts and ideas.)
“A perfect man would never act from a sense of duty; he’d always want the right thing more than the wrong one. Duty is only a substitute for love (of God and of other people) like a crutch which is a substitute for a leg. Most of us need the crutch at times; but of course it is idiotic to use the crutch when our own legs (our own loves, tastes, habits etc.) can do the journey on their own.”
Summer Sundays 2020 for Kids - Today September 13, 2020
Listen to God’s wisdom
Listen to the Lord Song
Let’s look up and read Proverbs 2:1-9
1 Store up my commands inside you. 2 Let your ears listen to wisdom. Apply your heart to understanding. 3 Call out for the ability to be wise. Cry out for understanding. 4 Look for it as you would look for silver. Search for it as you would search for hidden treasure. 5 Then you will understand how to have respect for the Lord. You will find out how to know God. 6 The Lord gives wisdom. Knowledge and understanding come from his mouth. 7 He stores up success for honest people. He is like a shield to those who live without blame. 8 He guards the path of those who are honest. He watches over the way of his faithful ones. 9 You will understand what is right and honest and fair. You will understand the right way to live.
We can look to Jesus’ life to see what God’s wisdom looks like. How does Jesus show wisdom (e.g., Jesus only did what God told him to do; Jesus put others first and came to serve, not be served; Jesus taught people to forgive and forgave everyone who mistreated him; Jesus lived a life of love; Jesus told the truth)
Pray and thank God that He listens and to use our wisdom to listen better and more often to Him.
Happy week all!
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