Engage the Bible – Darryl Dash

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Darryl Dash from Liberty Grace Church shares with us. ‘Engage the Bible’ is based on Psalm 1.
1. Avoid what’s opposed to God (v.1)
2. Delight in and meditate on God’s Word (v.2)
3. The results (vv.3-6)

ICEBREAKER: What weird quirks did you pick up from your parents?

1.   To be “blessed” refers to the happiness that God-given security and prosperity produces. According to Psalm 1:1-2, what are the conditions that lead to “blessedness” [cf. Psalm 32:1-2; Psalm 40:4; and Matthew 5:3-12]?

2.   Psalm 1 has been described as a “Wisdom Psalm” that boils all of life down to two opposing life directions. What are these two options, and how can you tell when you have chosen well [cf. Proverbs 1:10-19; Proverbs 4:14-19; and Luke 11:28]?

3.   Why is it so hard sometimes to read the Bible [Psalm 1:2]? What are some practical steps we can take to make the Bible the primary influence in our lives [cf. Ezra 7:10; Psalm 63:5-7; and 2 Timothy 2:15]?

4.   What does it look like to “delight” and “meditate” on the law of the Lord [Psalm 1:2]? Also consider Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:9-11; and Colossians 3:16.

5.   Why is the contrast between a tree and chaff a fitting illustration of the benefits of living wisely [Psalm 1:3-4]? Also consult Psalm 92:12-15; Jeremiah 17:7-8; and Matthew 7:24-27.

6.   The Wisdom Literature of the Bible always takes the long view of life. What is the destiny of the wicked as compared to the destiny of the righteous [Psalm 1:5-6]? Also examine Psalm 145:20; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; and Matthew 25:31-46.

7.   What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“The Word of God I think of as a straight edge, which shows up our own crookedness. We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture.” (Elisabeth Elliot)