October 7, 2018
The word “worship” has become a buzzword in the Christian church. We attend worship. We listen to worship. We’ll say that worship was great some days, or that worship was off on others. We may consider that worship is just a Sunday thing. But that’s not what we see in scripture! It isn’t about music. It’s not about a group of people. It’s not a place that we go, or a service that we attend. Worship is a verb. It’s a response. In fact, worship is a response that affects every aspect of our daily lives.
This word “response” infers that it doesn’t begin with us! To respond to something, means that there was an action taken by something or someone outside of the one responding, first. In other words, in order to have a response, there first had to be an outside stimulus! So, worship is our response to four things: 1) who God is, 2) what God has done, 3) what God is doing in our lives, today, and (4) what God is going to do for us.
As we better understand the nature of God (that he is all-powerful, yet humble – even dangerous, yet full of grace and love), the more we respond in true worship to who he is. As we better understand the Gospel (the gift of Jesus Christ the Word, fully man and fully God), the more we respond in true worship to what he has done for us. The more in tune with realizing the work God has done, the more observant we are in seeing what He is doing in our lives, today. Finally, the more we understand the eternal hope that we have for the future (that Christ will return and will not leave us in our current state), the more we respond in true worship to what God is going to do for us.
· What do you think was the main point of Aaron’s message?
· What does the term worship mean to you?
· What do you think Jesus is trying to teach us in John 4:24?
· Outside of our normal modes of worship, how can we incorporate worship into our everyday life?
· How does living a life of worship affect those around us?
Isaiah 40:28-31; Psalm 19:1-4; Psalm 100; John 1; 4:24; Philippians 2:6-8; 1 Corinthians 15; Romans 1:20;
Do something about it:
(1) Take a closer look at the every day things you do and ask God to point out opportunities for worship. (2) Expand your idea of worship, by taking time to recognize what God has done in his creation around you. (3) In response to who God is, what He has done for you, and because of the promise of what he is going to do for you, find time to READ, PRAY, FAST, SERVE and in all of this, truly Worship our Creator.