Grow Deep - Christian Community Edition - Week 5
Week 5: October 6-12
Worship: Expressing Our Joy for God to Each Other
Memory verse: “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32
What springs to mind when you hear the word “worship”? Most likely, the gathering of Christians on Sunday. Gathering together is an important part of our Christian life together and a significant part of our worship life. However, our worship life also expands beyond that.
Frequently, the Scriptures speak of people worshiping God outside of the formal gathering of His people. In Joshua 5:14, we find Joshua worshiping the commander of the Lord’s army. In Matthew 28:9 and 16-17, we find women and the disciples worshiping Jesus with no formal gathering. Instances such as these help us see worship as more than a Sunday morning gathering. Rather, it involves the whole life of the disciple being dedicated to the God who rescues and redeems us in Jesus.
What does this mean for you and me? Our whole life is an opportunity for worship. Yes, we continue to gather with others in worship. But when we serve our family and neighbors, those are acts of worship. When we see people in any kind of need and help, those are acts of worship. When we pray and read Scripture, those are acts of worship. When we serve well at work, that is an act of worship.
This week, let your eyes be opened to the joy of worship in all the different ways in which you worship your Savior by serving Him and serving others.
Sunday, October 6
Read: Romans 12:1-3
Paul provides a broad description of worship that call us to be living sacrifices.
Reflect: Initially, these verses may sound rather demanding. Yet, living in sacrificial love for others is an act of worship. Being renewed by God’s Spirit, we see that all people are worthy of our care. Whom is it a challenge for you to sacrificially give of yourself? What step can you take today to help you overcome this?
Monday, October 7
Read: Matthew 18:19-20
When God’s people come together in groups of any size, Jesus Himself comes.
Reflect: God’s people rejoice when they encounter one another! Knowing Jesus is present when you encounter your fellow saints, in what specific ways does that change how you act toward each other?
Tuesday, October 8
Read: Acts 16:16-28
Even after being beaten and imprisoned unjustly, Paul and Silas sing hymns and pray.
Reflect: When life turns difficult, we often want to blame God rather than worship Him. Yet, Paul and Silas show us that worship is possible even in the most difficult of circumstances. How can you worship God even when life is challenging?
Wednesday, October 9
Read: Revelation 21:1-5
God promises a new creation and that we will be made new.
Reflect: One reason we worship is because we know what lies ahead for us as we trust in Jesus. How does the assurance of your eternal future bring forth worship in your life?
Thursday, October 10
Read: Joshua 24:14-15
Joshua reminds us that we daily face the challenge of choosing to direct our worship toward God.
Reflect: God has chosen you as His dear child through Jesus and your baptism. What are ways you remind yourself to actively worship your Savior daily?
Friday, October 11
Read: Hebrews 12:22-29
Our God promises that we will be in His new eternal kingdom which cannot be shaken.
Reflect: When we are grateful, we can respond with worship. How does hope in an eternal kingdom inspire gratefulness within you? How can you grow in your gratefulness?
Saturday, October 12
Read: Ephesians 1:18-23
God has given Jesus authority over all things, now and forever.
Reflect: Sometimes it may not seem as though Jesus is over all things. What opportunities for worship do you seek out when it doesn’t seem like Jesus is in charge (even though you know He is!)? How can God use worship to comfort you?