Title: Two Ways to Live
Summary: There are two ways of living: the way of the righteous and the way of the wicked
Key Scripture: Psalm 1
- THE BLESSEDNESS OF THE RIGHTEOUS PERSON (Psalm 1:1-3)
- THE DESPERATION OF THE WICKED PERSON (Psalm 1:4-5)
- A FINAL CONTRAST BETWEEN THE TWO WAYS OF LIVING (Psalm 1:6)
WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP? “THE 77 CHALLENGE”
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CONNECTING: What one thing spoke to your heart the most from the Word of God in these Scriptures?
If you were writing a psalm to express how you feel about God what would you want to put in it?
UNDERSTANDING: Read Psalm 1. How would you summarize the main point(s) and idea(s) of this psalm? How do you think it serves as a gateway to the rest of the book? Using this Psalm how can you encourage someone who doesn’t feel they have the time to read and meditate on God’s Word?
When you think about your own spiritual life when have seen spikes in your growth? What role did God’s Word play in facilitating your growth? (See Psalm 119:97-104)
Read Psalm 1:1-2. What are the blessed and wicked like and not like? What conditions must be met in order to be blessed? Which of the conditions would be the most challenging for you?
Read Jeremiah 17:7-8. What visual image did Jeremiah use to describe the blessed man? How can you know if your life resembles the tree planted by streams of water? What other observations can you make from those verses?
Read Psalm 1:4-6. The psalm ends with a final contrast between the two ways of living. How does the Psalmist describe what will happen to the wicked? Verse six serves as a spiritual GPS because it shows the way of the righteous and also gives the final destination of the wicked.
LIVING: Read Matthew 5:13-16. How can followers of Christ avoid standing in the way of sinners, and sitting in the seat of scoffers, and still be a witness for Jesus in the world?
In your group talk about how consistent you’ve been reading your Bible. What have been some of the barriers preventing you from being consistent? Talk about your involvement individually and as a group in the “77 Challenge.” What ways can you encourage one another and hold each other accountable to read God’s Word?
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