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!