Getting to Know You
What did you find interesting, encouraging, or challenging about the lesson on Sunday?
What kind of praise music, if any, did you grow up with in church services?
We learned on Sunday that praise and worship are different even if they’re in the same family. Praise is acknowledging God’s greatness; worship is acting on that knowledge. Please read the following passages about praise and worship.
Psalm 96:1-5 (NCV)
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord and praise his name; every day tell how he saves us. 3 Tell the nations of his glory; tell all peoples the miracles he does, 4 because the Lord is great; he should be praised at all times. He should be honored more than all the gods, 5 because all the gods of the nations are only idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Hebrews 13:15 (NIV)
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Do you have any insights about what these passages are teaching? Please share.
What are some of the ways listed in these passages that we can offer praise and worship?
Once, Jesus explained worship to a non-Jewish, Samaritan woman. She, and the people of her time, understood worship to have all kinds of geographical restrictions—that is, proper worship was done in Jerusalem at the temple. It had many other restrictions too according to the law of Moses. Please read the following passage and circle the two, and only two, restrictions Jesus puts on worship.
John 4:19-24 (NLT)
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”
21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
What insights did you gain from this passage?
Worshipping in “spirit” means that worship must come from a pure heart and a clear conscience; the physical part—the race, gender, and geography, doesn’t matter. Worshipping in “truth” means following the teachings of Jesus Christ, the one who revealed the truth about God.
Why do you think God would seek those who worship Him in this way?
Bringing it Home
What would you like to apply from this week’s study?
Let’s spend some time praising God for how great He is. Please list 2-3 things you love or appreciate about God. When we get together for Family Group, let’s spend time sharing these things in prayer to God!