You Are What You Eat

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Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

Series: The Bible│ Message: You Are What You Eat

Scripture: Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1; Matthew 12:34-35

 

 

 

How would you summarize today’s sermon to someone else?

 

How is God speaking to us through this week’s Scripture / sermon? How are you going to respond? (Matthew 7:26-27; James 1:22)?

 

What does it the metaphor of “chewing on it” mean? Why do we need to “chew on it”? When was the last time you were “chewing on” something?

 

Joshua 1:8. The word used here for mediate (cf. Psalm 1:2) means “murmur” (Psalm 2:1) or “chatter” like birds (Isaiah 59:11) - thus “the law shall not depart from your mouth.” Why do you think it is significant that meditation is verbal? What role might Scripture memorization might have mediation?

 

Psalm 1:2. The blessed one’s “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” What does it mean to “delight” in something? As we saw, the word translated “mediate” can mean “murmur” or “chatter.” Is it accurate to say that you are likely to both think and “chatter” day and night about something in which you delight? What something in which you “delight” and on which you find yourself regularly “mediating”?

 

John Bunyan (author of Pilgrim’s Progress) was described as such: “Prick him anywhere—his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his very soul is full of the Word of God.” How is this like the person of Psalm 1:3? How do we become such a person?

 

“When we ‘dig’ in Bible study, we unearth the diamonds. In meditation, we marvel at the jewels” (David Mathis, Habits of Grace). Why is “marveling” often neglected, yet absolutely essential, to our growth? How does such meditation “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col. 3:16)?

 

Other religions meditate by ‘emptying the self’ while, “Christian meditation begins with our eyes in the Book, or ears open to the word, or a mind stocked with memorized Scripture” (David Mathis, Habits of Grace). Why is this distinction so important?  In what ways do the Psalms invite us to meditate (Psalm 16:7-8; 63:5-8; 143:5; 145:5’ 119:15,23,27,48,78,97,99)?

 

“The truth is that the songs we sing on Sunday stick with us – and so they shape us,” and “You are what you sing” (Keith & Kristyn Getty, Sing). How is singing Biblical truth “meditation” on that truth (cf. Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:16)?

 

Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9. The songs your family listens to at home or in the car, the television programs you watch, the books and magazines you read, the websites you frequent, the games you play, the conversations you have – on what are they inviting your family to meditate? Anything you would like to change?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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