Kendra’s Bible Study…Psalm 1:1

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Psalm 1:1 

What Does it Say?  FACTS
1a. Blessed is the man who does NOT walk in counsel of wicked
1b. Blessed is the man who does not stand in the path of sinners
1c. Blessed is the man who does not sit in the seat of Scoffers (mockers)

What Does it mean?  LESSONS
1a .A blessed man (a happy man) by God’s definition does not listen to or take advice from wicked men or women.  Wicked men and women are defined by those who are against God.  In this ever changing culture, there is a HUGE undercurrent of people avidly against God and anything His Word has to say.  Do not go to these people for advice on making life choices, family choices or business choices.  Their focus is not godly.  Wisdom comes from being choosy about who influences your life. 

1b. A blessed man by God’s definition does not stand in the path of sinners.  What does that mean?  Do not take up a lifestyle that is contrary to God’s Word thinking that you will be strong enough to say no and that you will only go “so far”.  I have heard people say that they have to experience what it is like to be a drunk so that they can witness to drunks.  This thinking is absolutely skewed.  Do not put yourself in positions, places or circumstances where making a godly choice is next to impossible. Live your life as an example of the light of Christ.  People are drawn to the Light, out of the darkness, if you become darkness, not only will your testimony become unnoticeable, you put yourself in a personal dangerous and precarious position.  We are to be in the world but not of the world (John 17:11-17).  

1c. Blessed is the man who does not sit in the seat of the scornful (mockers).  Do not make light of, scoff at or mock God’s holiness and His laws.  We have reached an incredibly low level in society when it seems like every sitcom, book and commentary takes time to mock the standard that God Almighty has put in place. If we respect God’s holiness and His laws, and we will be blessed and wise. 

What Does it Mean to me?  Applications
1a. Where do I go to get advice?  Do I prefer godly advice, based on the Word of God, or do I prefer worldly advice based on how I can get ahead?  What advice to I tend to follow?  What advice is easier to follow?

1b. Am I light to those around me of Christ or do I blend into the background hardly noticed because I’m just “one of the guys”? Do I want to be a light?

1c. Do I take God’s Word seriously?  How is God’s Word impacting my daily choices?  Is my life a testimony of respect or mockery toward God and His Word?  

Homework: Psalm 23:1-2 

If you are in the Asheville area we will be studying together for the next 7 weeks (on Tuesday evenings) Psalm 23.  This is a free woman’s Bible study!  Come join us.  I will try to keep things up to date online, but it’s nothing like being here at the Cove personally!  CD’s are also available in the bookstore for both the women’s studies (am & pm studies) if you can’t make it.  Call 828-298-2092 for more information about the CD’s or go online to read more about the Bible studies offered!

3 thoughts on “Kendra’s Bible Study…Psalm 1:1”

  1. Hey! I am so sorry I didn’t make it last night. The gal that was coming with me had to change her plans at nearly the last moment. We would have needed to meet by 4:30 to make it up there and it just didn’t work out for us this time. Hopefully next week she, I, and another friend will make it. Between the three of us, perhaps we can make the seven hour journey each week from here on out. If not, then I will get us copies of the cds–unless you want to start a satellite version, Kendra, like the Beth Moore simulcasts. 😉

    Thanks for again posting the notes and study aids. I hope to get started on them soon. I wish you all the best as you do this study and hope that we all grow closer in our walks with Christ–and all the places we will go as He leads us to those green pastures!

    1. Sorry you couldn’t make it Stef! We hope to see you next week. We had a great turn out and God poured out His blessings on all of us. The homework for next week is: 3 questions on John 10: 1-10.

  2. WHAT DOES IT MEAN: To begin with, it is untold how blessed this man is who follows Christ! This isn’t because there is some form of measurement; rather it’s because there are no limitations on the amount of blessings to be received!

    To not follow the advice of sinners and those who are ungodly is hard to do in this day because so many folks are so unsure of just whom they are following, whether that be self-imposed gods or the One true God. Instead, I need to be seeking wisdom from those who have proven themselves to be children of our God, who have evidenced in their lives His power and His mercies.

    “Standing in the path of sinners” is another hard obstacle to overcome. Does that mean I am to sit on the sidelines while the world passes me by? I don’t think so. It does mean for me to be on guard though of where my feet lead me. A path is established so that means it has been traversed many times. If I know that the road I am on leads to sin, it is best for me to get my GPS out and take a new highway, one where I am not tempted by those who only want to bring me down.

    Another thought to go with this is the word “stand.” If I am standing, then I am not moving, allowing these “sinners” to walk around me constantly, while doing nothing to get out of their way. The old song “I’ll stand for Jesus and let the world go by” pops into my head. This would be the thing to focus on rather than being careless and still while the world passes me by. If I am standing, and do not get out of the way, they have to go around me. May my stand be more proactive, Lord, rather than a defenseless one where my presence is inconsequential.

    “Nor sit in the seat of scoffers” is a bit harder for someone like me, who likes to be witty and too often allows my tongue to get out of control. Being a negative type of person allows me to think poorly of my fellow man and to doubt whether his intentions will lead to good, preferring instead to think he is as vile as me and only looking out for himself. Misery loves company and when the chips are down, we tend to look for those to think the way we do because the concept of changing, of the problem being ourselves, is too much to comprehend.

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? Am I as blessed as I could be, if I would only do the simple things, such as staying off of the road that leads me into temptation? Where instead should I be seeking my counsel from? Are there godly people around me or am I surrounded by those who are only concerned with the cares of this world? What people do I need to distance myself from in order to walk the path to righteousness? Who and/or what am I standing for? Are the people around me out to make the world a better place or are they as blasé as I can be, waiting instead for things to only get worse?

    APPLICATION: Somebody—me!!—needs to be more careful of the company she seeks and what she allows herself to be surrounded with. My attitude needs to be one of seeking the good things instead of looking for troubles where they don’t exist. I need to be around souls that are looking for the One Who restores peace to the downtrodden, Who offers wisdom to those who lack it, and Who leads me to the path that I should be on. I need Jesus, more and more each day. This day! This moment.

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