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This Week's Message (Sept 16)

September 16, 2018 - Deep Roots - Psalm 1: Streams of Water

Message Notes

Rooted | Psalm 1 | Streams of water


Psalm 1 

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

or sit in the company of mockers,

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

whatever they do prospers.

Not so the wicked! 

They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.


Focus in on v3.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

whatever they do prospers.


The tree is planted by streams of water.

Spiritual growth doesn't happen on accident.


The tree is planted by streams of water.

Spiritual disciplines


James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. 


Deut 4:29 - if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.


Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord


Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.


Matthew 6:33 - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.


Dallas Willard: “The deeds of the kingdom arise naturally out of a certain quality of life. 

We cultivate that life in its wholeness by directing our bodies into activities that empower the inner and outer person for God and through God.” ( from The Divine Conspiracy)


2 Categories of Spiritual Disciplines : engagement and abstinence 


Engagement:

Scripture, worship, prayer, service, fellowship, tithing


Abstinence:

silence, solitude, fasting, chastity, sacrifice


Some practical advice:

Find out what works for you.


There are some disciplines that are for everybody.

worship, prayer, Scripture, service, fellowship, tithing


Some resources on spiritual disciplines:

Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

Dallas Willard, The Renovation of the Heart

Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy

Marjorie Thompson, Soul Feast

Discussion Questions

  1. Read through the passages in the sermon about seeking God. On a scale of 1-10, how are you doing in seeking God? Explain.
  2. What are some of the biggest obstacles for you in seeking God?
  3. Out of the disciplines for everybody (worship, prayer, Scripture, fellowship, tithing), which comes easiest for you and which one is the hardest? Why?
  4. What are some spiritual disciplines you would like to try?
  5. What is one thing you can do this week to draw closer to God?


Daily Devotional

Monday, Sept 17 -Psalm 1


Tuesday, Sept 18 - James 4:8


Wednesday, Sept 19 - Jeremiah 29:11-14


Thursday, Sept 20 - Hebrews 11 (pay attention to verse 6)


Friday, Sept 21 - Matthew 6:33


Saturday, Sept 22 - Psalm 1 - Read ahead for our worship services

Past Messages

September 9, 2018 - Deep Roots - Psalm 1: Two Different Kinds of People
September 2, 2018 (Signs & Wonders: A Study on Ephesians)
August 26, 2018 (Signs & Wonders: A Study on Ephesians | Armor of God)
August 19, 2018 (Signs & Wonders: A Study on Ephesians | Submit to one another)

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