Sunday, June 23, 2024

Mark 1:35-39, Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 100

Worship is defined by what we value and is an expression of life and love. True worship is always God-centered and experienced as a relationship of submission and adoration. It is not based on our emotions or preferences. As a body of believers, we desire to express our love for God and celebrate His greatness both individually and corporately.

Starting Out:
1. If we’re going to agree that a mark of a disciple is to worship daily, what expectations might that produce?

Read Mark 1:35-39:
2. Considering that Jesus spent the first three decades of His life preparing for these few years of ministry, what do you think was the purpose of His time alone with the Father?[Question]
3. Why is daily personal worship critical to fulfilling God’s calling on our lives? Why, then, do we often neglect time alone with God?
4. What is the greatest obstacle you face in your practice of daily personal worship?

Read Acts 2:42-47:
5. What components of the early church’s worship are listed in Acts 2:42-47?
6. What might be some reasons that these Jews, new converts to Christianity, still gathered at the temple for worship?
7. What do we learn about worship from the early church’s example in these verses?

Read Psalm 100:
8. Name every command that is related to corporate worship in these verses.
9. Based on these verses, what was the psalmist’s expectation of corporate worship?

Taking it Home:
10. Is your life marked by regular and active participation in the gathering of the local church for worship? Why or why not?
11. Are you feeding yourself on God’s Word and praying regularly so that you may encourage others out of the overflow of your private worship of God? Explain.
12. What needs to change in your life so that you might better prioritize your relationship with God in personal and corporate worship?

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
Psalm 51, John 7:37-39, Romans 12:1-3