THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN TRINITY
September 10, 2017
SUB-THEME/5: PRE-REQUISITES FOR HEALING THE LAND.
TOPIC: Wholehearted Worship.
TEXT: Psalm 138:1-3.
i) Understand the concept of worship;
ii) Consider the ingredients of worship; and
iii) Appreciate the significance of worship in the healing of a land/soul.
Worship refers to the totality of what we do in church-that is, in corporate worship. This is different from private worship in many respects. Worship can be wholehearted, halfhearted or even done absentmindedly. We are enjoined to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24); and this demands a healthy relationship with Him. God desires the worship of His people; because it exalts Him. How then can we define worship? It is “reverence offered (to) a divine being or supernatural power; an act of expressing such reverence; a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual,” Merriam-Webster dictionary.
1. How will you explain “worship” from Neh. 8:1-9; Rev 4:8-11?
2a. What is the essence and focus of true worship, Psa. 138:13; 67:57?
b. What are the ingredients of wholehearted worship? I Chron. 16:29; II Chron. 29:30; Neh. 9:6-10.
3. Discuss the power of worship from II Chron. 5:13, 14; I Sam 16:23; II Kings 3:15.
4a. How can we improve in our congregation?
b. What must we avoid or drop to have spirited, inspiring and wholehearted worship in our congregations?
c. How do we ensure liturgy does not hinder/stifle the flow of the Spirit (John 3:5; Acts 5:29; II Cor. 3:17)?
Worship can heal a land and opens the floodgates of heaven to a people. Have a purpose in every worship session; concentrate on God and His wonderful works. But ensure you have returned to and are in good relationship with God to make your worship accepted. Worship God for who He is; not as an idol.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Wholehearted worship arises from wholehearted devotion to God.