Liturgy Bible Study – Session 1 – The Purpose of Worship
Why do people worship? Romans 11:33-36
What is worship? John 4:24; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 2:9-10.
In ancient times, observant Jews traveled to Jerusalem from across the known world. In what ways does the journey to the Temple in Jerusalem parallel the journey from everyday life into worship?
Was there a point at which you intentionally chose to orient your life toward faith in, and worship of, God? What motivated that choice?
What advantage is there in worshipping as a group rather than worshipping alone? What are some reasons the community of the church is essential to worship?
What should be the reason for our worship? What is God’s intention in demanding it? Exodus 23:25; Psalm 92:1-4, 95:6; Isaiah 25:1; Luke 4:8
According to Psalm 92:1, “it is good to give thanks to the Lord.” What are some ways we give thanks to the Lord?
What does it mean to give God thanks and praise?
What is the difference between praise and worship? Psalm 71:8, 150:6; Isaiah 12:5; John 4:23; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:15
In what ways does our praise bless God?
Why do we often equate worship with Sunday and no other time?
Other than Sunday mornings, what are some other ways you can worship? Job 1:20-21
What is the fundamental connection between what a church believes and how a church worships? Hebrews 12:28
How can worship style influence worship positively? Negatively?
What is the danger of an emotionally driven worship (Gospel over law)?
What danger is there to a morally driven worship where its primary function is as an ethical community (Law over Gospel)?
What is the advantage of having a balance of law and Gospel? How does Liturgy play into providing a balance?
How does worship change us according to Psalm 92:4? How has God made you glad by His work?