During Advent, we learn to set our clocks to God's time and look forward to the coming of Christ. Scripture promises God will come, and intervene, and judge the whole world. Instead of avoiding the judgment of God, we must learn to embrace the judgment of God.
When we are always in a hurry, it's hard to give thanks. Our busyness distracts us from God's good gifts, and decreases our joy. We must learn to slow down, so we can notice and receive the gift of each moment.
Psalm 150 tells us to praise God and make it loud. Western Christians must recover the lively, rowdy, bodily nature of Christian faith and worship.
In John 4 Jesus is having a conversation with a Samaritan woman and as they talk, the conversation turns to worship. These few verses are the most explicit teaching that we have from Jesus on what true worship is to be. Jesus tells her that true worshippers will worship in "spirit and in truth." But what does that mean and how do we do that?
Small Group Discussion Questions
Text: John 4:19-24, Psalm 103:1, John 17:17
1. When you first hear the word “Worship” what do you typically think of? Why?
2. Why is it important to consistently worship corporately (or together) with the church? Can’t we just worship on our own?
3. If worship is primarily about what we give rather than what we get, then how does that effect/change the way we prepare ourselves for worship? What are some things we can do to prepare ourselves for worship?
4. As discussed in the sermon… the Samaritans tended to worship in spirit, but lacked knowledge of the truth. The Jews, on the other hand, knew the truth, but lacked any spirit in their worship. Do you think people today tend to lean one way or the other in their worship? What about you? Personally, do you tend to lean more to the spirit of the truth side in worship? What can you/we do to maintain the proper balance that God is looking for in our worship?
5. The action step this week is to read Psalm 100 each day (either individually or as a family). Would anyone want to share about how that’s going? Any stories of reading it together as a family? Do you feel like it helps focus your heart each day on worship?