Worship

A Ling Sacrifice

Intro

A Living Sacrifice

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Ro 12:1–2)


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Mind

  • Why does Paul say that we are living sacrifices? What does that mean? Why is that a paradox?

  • What does it mean for us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind? Where do we get the information that we need? How diligent are you at seeking this knowledge and testing it?


Motive

  • Where does worship come from? Look at the text closely.

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Ro 12:1–2)



Think of these three words as you answer the following questions: Mind, Body, Spirit.

  • Where is true worship motivated from?

  • How do we know what is right to worship?

  • What does a proper response in worship look like?


Memory Verse

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Rom. 12:2).



Mission


Worship


Prayer

Engage you mind (use God’s word), pray to your Father (in the Spirit), and obey in joy (body).


Further Study

The Heights of The Mountains Are His

Intro

95 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

3  For the LORD is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

4  In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

5  The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land.

6  Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!

7  For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand. (Ps 95:1–7)


Mind

  • What types of things should we think about when we give praise to God? In these verses, what is the Psalmist thinking about?

  • What image does the Psalmist use to describe his relationship to God? Why is it powerful?


Motive

  • When the Psalmist turns his mind to God’s greatness, what emotions does he begin to feel?

  • Is the Psalmist worshiping alone? What does his joy cause him to do in regard to other people?


Mission & Memory Verse


Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2  Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!


Worship


Prayer

Pray through each line of this Psalm. Pause and reflect on God’s revealed character.


Further Study


Where Moth And Rust Don't Destroy

Intro

Treasure In Heaven

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).


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Mind

  1. What is Jesus drawing our attention to by saying that moth and rust can destroy the things we love?


  2. Where do you, and how do you, store up treasure that cannot be stolen or ruined?


Motive

  • According to Jesus, what do the things we treasure tell us about ourselves?

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21)

  • If our heart goes where our treasure is, and Jesus calls for us to put our treasure in heaven, then where must our hearts be?

Money: “a fog which always obscures reality” – G.K. Chesterton

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; “Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble with it. – Franklin

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot

Memory Verse

24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money (Matt. 6:24).



Mission

God isn’t after our money - He doesn’t need it. He is after your heart. As a good father should, he won’t let you spend your life chasing down a meal that will never satisfy you. He will chase you instead, and command that you come to him alone if you are thirsty or hungry (John 6:35). The Bible says “taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). Today, take God up on his offer of satisfaction. Look at your heart; your money; your calendar, and see if you are running hard after something that isn’t going to last.

Have you placed your ultimate hope on things that can be taken away?

God isn’t calling the things of the world bad (after all, he made them), but He does tell us that we will never be whole if we place our trust in them. Time and time again we spend our time, money and energy chasing things that promise more than they give. Turn to Christ for your wholeness. Place your trust and treasure in Him and you will never live to regret it. This is what faith looks like. Give it a try.


Worship

Prayer

Ask God to forgive you if your heart’s treasure has been in the wrong place. Ask today for a heart that sees and feels the supreme value and worth God.




Further Study