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September 24, 2018, 10:19 AM

Questions - Corporate Worship


These questions relate to the sermon on September 23, 2018, Corporate Worship?  The primary scripture is Hebrews 12:18-29.

1.  On a typical Sunday morning, which aspects of the worship time do you find most meaningful?

2.  Which aspects are least meaningful?

3.  Try to describe what is happening when you feel a strong sense of God's presence during a worship service?  What factors are contributing to this sense?

4.  How can we prepare for worshipping together (corporate worship)?

5.  What can we do to try to ensure that we have genuine worship every time we come together?

6.  In the primary passage there are some difficult phrases which might bear discussion.  Read verses 22-24.  Identify and discuss the following:

  • Mount Zion
  • "thousands upon thousands of angels"
  • "the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven"
  • "spirits of the righteous"
  • "the sprinkled blood that speaks a better wod than the blood of Abel"

7.  Compare this language to Revelation passages such as Revelation 4.  Are these thingss really going on in heaven?  Can we really be joining in the heavenly worship?

8.  How do these truths apply to private worship times?

9.  If we can get a grasp of what it means to be always in the Kingdom of God, how will that affect daily worship and daily work?  In turn, how will it affect corporate worship?

10.  How will effective worship affect our evangelistic conversations? piety?  joy?  prayer?

 




September 16, 2018, 5:36 PM

Questions - Worship Prep


These questions relate to the sermon on 16 September 2018, Worship Prep: Approaching The Throne.  The primary passage is Psalm 100.  While these questions are designed for group discussion, they may be helpful for personal reflection as well.  Group attenders are encouraged to consider the questions prior to meeting.

1.  Would anyone like to present your daily worship discipline or a plan that you wish you followed?

2.  As a matter of review, what is worship?

3.  When Israel originally had a mobile temple (tabernacle), what did it mean to "serve the Lord?" (Ps. 100:2)

4.  How does that element change in the new covenant?  (consider Romans 12:1-2 or other scriptures)

5.  What is the central point of Psalm 100?

6.  How do we know God?

7.  Consider the suggestions given as tools to help us prepare for worship and discuss application:

  • quiet
  • scripture
  • prayer
  • hymns/music
  • reading/podcasts
  • people
  • simplifying your life

8.  When and where should Christians worship the Lord?

 




September 4, 2018, 3:07 PM

Questions - What Is Worship?


These questions relate to the sermon on 2 September 2018, What Is Worship?  

1.  How would you explain Christian worship?

2.  What is the created purpose of every person?  

3.  The following definition of worship was provided: "Worship is to feel in the heart and express in some appropriate manner a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe."  (A. W. Tozer, The Purpose of Man, p. 108)  How does this compare to your own definition or another you have used?

4.  In the story of Jesus and the Samaritan women at Jacob's well from John 4, what did Jesus intend by offering "living water?"  How did the woman's expectations differ?

5.  Some time later Jesus used similar terminology when speaking to people in Jersusalem.  Read John 7:37-39.  How does this help you understand and apply what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman?

6.  What is the connection between the Holy Spirit and worship?

7.  What did Jesus mean that worship should be in spirit and truth?  Do you know any other scripture that helps?

8.  How do we know from the story in John 4 that God desires for people to engage in worship?

9.  What can we learn from the story about the proper location of worship?

10.  How did the Samaritan woman express her joy?




August 19, 2018, 4:05 PM

Questions - Repent and Be Baptized


These questions relate to the sermon on 19 August 2018, Repent And Be Baptized.   You can hear the sermon on this website, under the sermon tab.  The primary passages are Acts 2:22-24; 36-39.

1.  How does the Holy Spirit relate to non-believers?

2.  Read Acts 2 and summarize Peter's argument for believing that Jesus is Messiah.

3.  How should we communicate this message today in a non-Jewish culture?

4.  How do we know that Joel 2:28-32 was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost?   Does Joel's writing continue to apply to the church age?

5.  How is Psalm 16:8-11 fulfilled by the resurrection of Christ?  (These are good examples of the New Testament commenting on the Old Testament.)

6.  Can you explain how Peter concluded that King David must have been prophesying about someone other than himself?

7.  Read Acts 2:42-47.  From this passage, what should church people be doing?

8.  When and where were the 3,000 baptized?  (v. 41)




August 14, 2018, 10:48 AM

Questions - Spirit Ears


The following questions relate to the sermon from 12 August, Spirit Ears.  There were several key scriptures in the message:  John 14:15-31; John 7:37-39; Psalm 42:1-2; Psalm 63:1; and Ephesians 4:17-32.

This message is in a series regarding Spiritual Disciplines which support the Disciple Character we want to build.  This particular discipline, hearing the Holy Spirit, is not separate from praying or understanding scripture; but it is considered separately because our tradition has neglected the work of the Holy Spirit.  We desparately need to learn to hear and yield to the Holy Spirit.

1.  How do you know if you have the Holy Spirit?

2.  If the Holy Spirit indwells us, why would we need refilling?

3.  Who or what regulates the Spirit's influence?

4.  How do we position ourselves to be filled by the Holy Spirit?

5.  How do you personally identify the voice of the Spirit?

6.  If there is a particular scripture you would like for LBC to adopt as a motto for seeking the Spirit, what is it?

 


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