Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water – World of Wonder

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How do we grow in our faith so that every day we are a little more like Jesus? Abby kicks off our sermon series World of Wonder by looking at Psalm 1 and what it can teach us about spiritual formation through the metaphor of a tree.

Sermon Discussion Questions

1)      Think of a favorite tree in your life. How would you describe it? What characteristics does it possess?

2)      Psalm 1 compares a righteous person to a tree planted by streams of water. What is true about a tree planted by streams of water that might also be a true of a righteous person? Psalm 1 begins to answer this question. How would you build on its answer?

3)      To grow, a tree must absorb large amounts of water through its roots and sunlight through its leaves. Similarly, in order to grow spiritually, we must become expert consumers of God’s grace, learning to bask in the light of his love, Abby argued. Do you agree? What does/might it look like for you to freely consume his grace and bask in his love? What obstacles hinder?

4)      Dallas Willard says that “Spiritual formation is transformation of the heart in such a way that its natural expression comes to be the deeds of Christ done in the power of Christ.” As Christ forms you, have you found yourself more inclined to do “the deeds of Christ in the power of Christ” than you were in the past? In what areas of your life would you like “doing the deeds of Christ” to become more natural?

5)      Meditation is a central theme of Psalm 1. The Hebrew word for meditation refers to a soft murmuring sound. Likely, the person in Psalm 1 read aloud or was reciting a passage of scripture. Have you ever spent time meditating on the word (or on God’s creation or his faithfulness in your life)? Was it fruitful? Frustrating? What did, or might, meditation look like for you?

6)      Consider taking a few minutes to meditate on a verse or short passage by enjoying a moment of silence, then reading the verse aloud to yourself quietly and prayerfully, savoring it. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see and receive God’s love for you through the words.