- Life Stages
• (Intent: Background and gifting can impact how a person views worship. Worship flows out of relationship and is a spiritual response giving glory and sacrificial service to God. It involves submission, praise, and gratitude. The word “worship” comes from the Old English word worthship, which denotes the worthiness of the one receiving the special honor or devotion. Discuss how external religious practices or spiritual disciplines should flow from a heart turned towards God. Our internal worship, involving “heart & head, emotion & thought, spirit & truth,” should overflow externally in our daily lives and corporate gatherings.)
• (Intent: Worship is true when there is sincerity of heart and belief consistent with God’s Word. “Truth without emotion produces dead orthodoxy and a church full (or half-full) of artificial admirers. On the other hand, emotion without truth produces empty frenzy and cultivates shallow people who refuse the discipline of rigorous thought. But true worship comes from people who are deeply emotional and who love deep and sound doctrine.” – John Piper)
• (Intent: Jesus uses terms with spiritual meanings: gift of God, living water, never thirst, springing up to eternal life. He indicates worship is not dependent on location, and states that God is spirit. All this helps clarify that worship is not primarily physical, but a spiritual practice.)
• (Intent: John 3:6 says “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” It’s not either-or, but both-and. For those who are new creatures in Christ, our spirit owes its existence and vibrancy to the Spirit of God. True worship comes only from spirits made alive and sensitive by the quickening of the Spirit of God. God’s Spirit ignites and energizes our spirit.)
• (Intent: Jesus does more than point to the truth; His nature defines it. For example, the basic reason we are to be honest is not because God commands it, but because He is honest.)
• (Intent: Truth/wisdom is revealed through the church -- Eph. 3:10. On our own, it is easier to get off-track by over- or under-emphasizing something or allowing our individual experience to dictate our beliefs. There is wisdom in the counsel of many – Prov. 15:22 Fellowship is important; this is where we do the “one-another’s.” – Heb. 10:24-25.)
• (Intent: Worshiping in spirit and truth means that our actions are consistent with what we believe, i.e., that Christ is Lord. Worship involves a declaration proven by our actions. Romans 12 describes a transformed mind. In submission to Christ we no longer think and act independently of Him, but as a part of the whole, Christ’s Body – Christ’s Church Some possible answers may be: 1) We lay our lives down. 2) We remain humble by the power of the Spirit. 3) We serve the body as a whole through our individual gifting. 4) We regard ourselves as a part of the whole.)
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