It’s easy to fall into the notion that worship is the three or four songs we sing at church each week. This week, we’re reminded that it’s so much more! Worship is acknowledging who God is and what He’s done and celebrating those things in every part of our lives. Singing praises to the Lord is definitely one way to worship, but according to God’s Word, we shouldn’t stop there. We should pursue a life of worship because we know God and His love for us.
KNOWLEDGE: Gaining understanding of the Truth
MEMORY VERSE: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment." Proverbs 9:10 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: Knowing God Leads to a Life of Worship
God’s Word has a lot to say about worship. One of the most important things it tells us is that worship is not something we should do because we think it will make God love us more. God’s love for His people is already perfect and there is nothing we can do to earn it. Isaiah 29:13 tells us that God cares most about our hearts. The last thing He wants is for us to worship because we’re just trying to follow a list of rules! Romans 12:1 also reminds us that we are called to be a living sacrifice. This means that we don’t just worship when we sing at church. Our whole lives are meant to worship the Lord! This means praising God for who He is and what He’s done in every single part of our lives – at home, at school, with friends – whenever and wherever! When we do, others notice, and their lives are impacted, too! Worship isn’t something we have to do to make God happy or love us more. It’s something we get to do because we know that God loves us so much. Worship is a way of letting God know how much we love Him! Knowing God leads to a life of worship.
WHAT DOES GOD NOT WANT: READ ISAIAH 29:13
- Was God pleased by the “worship” the Israelites were doing? (No.) Why not? (They were just going thru the motions and saying things they didn’t really believe. They did the things that looked holy that they were supposed to do but they didn’t really love God.)
- How would you feel if someone told you they loved you and that you were important to them 1 day each week but ignored and forgot about you the other 6 days? Why?
WHAT DOES GOD WANT: READ PSALM 51:16-17
- What do you think it means to offer God a “broken and contrite heart”? (It means we are truly sorry for our sins. We know God is perfect and holy and there is nothing we can do to earn His love. We know it’s only thru Jesus that we can have forgiveness and a good relationship with God.)
- How can knowing how much God loves you and what He sacrificed for us on the cross make us want to worship Him?
- How does it make you feel knowing God will never reject you if you come to Him with your “broken and contrite heart”?
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Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
Teacher: Meal TimeRead Romans 12:1. According to this verse, how should we worship God? What kind of sacrifice should we offer? (A living sacrifice, our whole lives) So if we offer our whole lives to God, is there any part that we can keep from Him? (no) If we are supposed to offer our whole life to God, does that mean we just sit around praying, singing, and reading the Bible all day long for the rest of our lives? (no!) What are some things you can do to bring glory to God in your everyday life?
Friend: Drive Time
Practice the memory verse (Psalm 9:10) stop-and-go style! When you are about 100 feet from a stoplight or stop sign, start saying the verse as fast as you can. The goal is to get through the entire verse before you have to stop at the light or the sign. If you don’t make it in time, pause when you reach the light/sign and then pick it back up when you start driving again.
Spend time worshipping God through prayer by thanking Him for who He is and all that He has done. As you pray, mention specific character traits of God and specific things He has done that you’re thankful for. Ask Him to help you live a life of worship every day.
Read 1 Peter 3:15. If someone were to ask you, “Why do you worship God?” what would you say? How can you share your knowledge of God with them? How can living a life of worship affect the people around you, especially the ones who don’t know God? Who could you impact this week? Make a plan as a family to do something to bless someone in your life this week with the goal of worshipping God and sharing His love with others.
Thank God for the amazing gift of being able to approach Him personally thru prayer. Ask Him to help you live a prayer-filled life not to get results but to grow closer in relationship to Him.
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