Bystander - Part 1: "Flourishing"

Series: Bystander

A new year is a time to reflect on whether your life is what you want it to be, and if you are fully flourishing or not. Many people will try to adopt some new behaviors to become healthier people. Psalm 1 goes deeper than behaviors. It gives us a key to deeper fulfillment in every dimension of our wellbeing. That answer is meditation; pondering the deep truths of God in the presence of God. As you harness your mind to think about God, all other dimensions of your life are infused with flourishing. This message will prepare us for our 90-day Gospels reading journey.

Speaker: Jason Ewart

January 5, 2020

Jason Ewart

Lead Pastor

Follow Along with the Message

  • Happiness is a byproduct. It results when:
    • Your beliefs are fully aligned with .
    • Your beliefs are integrated with your  life and  behaviors.



Psalm 1:1

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers…


Psalm 1:2 

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.


How to meditate:

  • Think it .
  • Work it .
  • Pray it



Psalm 1:3

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.


  • To prosper doesn’t mean you will never fail. It means that nothing you do will ever be in .


Psalm 1:4-6

Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.


Questions to help with meditation:

  • What resonated in my heart or mind?
  • What does it mean? What is it really saying?
  • What sins does this lead me to confess?
  • What does this lead me to thank God for?
  • What request can I pray?
  • Why is God showing me this today?
  • How does God want me to respond?
  • How does God want to transform my heart, thinking, habits, and/or relationships?



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