How Worshiping God Changes Us
How Worshipping God Changes Us Psalm 95 July 30
Christian worship is the response of God’s redeemed people to His self-revelation that exalts God’s glory in Christ in our minds, affections, and wills, in the power of the Holy Spirit. –Bob Kauflin
Worship is the act of ascribing ultimate value to something in a way that energizes and engages your whole being. –Tim Keller
We cannot count on God to arrange what happens in our lives in ways that will make us feel good. We can, however, count on God to patiently remove all the obstacles to our enjoyment of Him. He is committed to our joy, and we can depend on Him to give us enough of a taste of that joy and enough hope that the best is still ahead to keep us going in spite of how much pain continues to plague our hearts.” ― Larry Crabb
1. What images or concepts does the word “worship” bring up to the participants of your group? Everyone briefly share.
2. How do the definitions by Kauflin & Keller above speak into your preconceived notions?
Mind Will Emotions
3. Why should we worship God? a.) because everyone is already worshipping either creator or creation; and b.) Our hearts will only find rest in God, whereas non of our idols can help us.
4. How to worship
i.) community: All the plural pronouns! We’re made to worship God together. Private worship is a prelude and preparation for public worship.
ii.) truth: What the prophets revealed about who God is…. Also, what is God’s final revelation? See Hebrews 1
iii.) Enter His presence by His Spirit: Come into His presence (v.2)
iv.) Gospel sabbath rest as pointed to in Psalm 95:11 and Hebrews 3 & 4
Hebrews 3 & 4 Colossians 1:16 Romans 8:38-39 Deuteronomy 6:4-5