ALL OF LIFE IS WORSHIP
All of Life is Worship
This week Ryan Leech, our Director of Worship here at the Resolved took us through a passage in Acts 2 to discuss how the Christian life is a life full or worship.
One of the first things Ryan discussed was that habits can often point to things you value, love and even worship.
What was the last habit you tried to break, or successfully broke?
Let's read the passage:
Act 2:36-42 ESV
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" 38 And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself." 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation." 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Was there anything in that passage that you really liked? Any ideas that were odd or confusing?
WE ARE FORMED BY SUNDAY
We see here in Acts that the first large group of believers created some habits. In vs 42 we see that they "devoted themselves to the apostles' teach ad the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and that prayers." These are some of the things we use as models for our modern Sunday "habits".
Why do you think it was important for that 1st group of believers to "devote" themselves to these things?
Why do you think it's important for us to continue these "habits" even today?
Ryan explained that the Sunday service is unlike anything else you'll do the rest of the week.
What are some things that make Sunday service different than other gatherings and habit's throughout the week?
It's a special time a of remembering and reminding each other about God and celebrating Him and our relationship with Him. The fellowship together, singing, preaching, communion all point in that same direction.
How does keeping this habit form you?
How have you seen yourself change over time through coming to Sunday service?
WE ARE SHAPED IN COMMUNITY
Ryan went on to explain that if you're just coming on Sundays you're probably just "going to church", but by taking this worship of God with friends out to the rest of your week your are "being the church."
we read further on in Acts 2 in vs 46-47: And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
How do you "be the church" throughout the week?
What are some things we as a community group can do to better shape each other throughout the week?
We see in vs 47 of the passage and all throughout Jesus ministry during our ongoing study of Luke that adding to the number of saved is a key form of worship to God. We can only do that by extending our communities out to those that don't yet know God.
What was the last community that reached out to you? And how did they do it?
How do you find people outside our church community to pour into?
GOD WANTS US TO DWELL IN HIM
These habits we practice on Sunday and throughout the week in community are there primarily to create a deeper relationship with God. Ryan pointed out though that between Church on Sunday and CG throughout the week that's probably only 4 hours out of 168 week. That's like 2% of our week set aside for what we say is the most important thing in our life!
Ryan then pointed out that the remaining time can absolutely be used to be continually acknowledging God throughout the day, and spending quiet time alone with Him dwelling, listening, and getting to know Him.
What are some other daily habits you use to assist in your acknowledgement of God throughout the day?
Why do you think it's important for us to get to know God more and more each day?
Pray for your group to bring worship into our entire week. That Sundays would continue to be a time of sweet refreshment for us all, that community would help us remember and remind each other throughout the week and that we would all ache to dwell with God each day.