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PRAISE & WORSHIP III

TOPIC: PRAISE & WORSHIP III
TEXT: JOHN 4:19-24, PHIL 3:3,
1PET 2:5
AIM: TRUE WORSHIP; worshiping in Spirit and in truth

PREAMBLE
As Christians, we must keep learning and keep making discoveries of what belongs to us in Christ. Different people have different ideas. But, we need to understand that the bible is our authority. In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus went to the house of Martha. Martha was concerned about serving Jesus, but Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. Sat at the feet is a term used for learning. Many of us are busy with some many things, such that we have less time to learn from the bible. One thing is needful. Spend your time with the word.

FROM PREVIOUS LESSONS
In John 4:22, Jesus made a statement that we need to take note of “Ye worship ye know not what”. That means you can practise a lot of things but lack understanding. Knowledge is so important.
So, in previous weeks, we have been studying what worship really is, what it entails, how it is being done, how a believer ought to do it, what worshipping in spirit and truth means, amongst others. This week we will dive into praise, looking at what it means, and how it is different from worship if at all it is.

PRAISE
Praise is an action. It means to express approval or admiration especially through words. It consists in a sincere acknowledgment of a real conviction of worth. (Rev. 4:11, Rev. 5:12)

SOME DETAILS OF PRAISE
1. Praise magnifies the object of the word (Luke 1:46)
2. Praise should be done in rejoicing (Phil 4:4)
3. Praise can accompany prayer (Col 1:3)

PSALMS, HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS
(Eph 5:19, Col 3:16)

In the New Testament, Psalms is used in two ways.
1. For the writings of David
(Luke 20:42, Luke 24:44, Acts 1:20, Acts 2:25, Acts 13:33)

2. For a piece of music to the Lord.
(1Cor. 14:26, Eph. 5:19, Col. 3:16, Jam. 5:13)

In (Matt 26:30; Mark 14:26), we see that Jesus and the disciples sang hymns after the Passover. In (Acts 16:25), Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns to God.

A Psalm is a hymn which is a spiritual song. While praise may not be singing, our singing should be praise. We are to sing praises to God.
We do not necessarily sing the psalms of David anymore but we sing the fulfilment of Jesus in the psalms.

CONCLUSION
Just like we have studied that our worship to God is our Christian service. Jesus spoke about a new order of worship “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

Then, worship should be the attitude in our praise. Therefore, not praise and worship but a praise that is worshipful.
As believers, we offer sacrifices of praise through Jesus (Heb. 13:15). Our giving of thanks and rejoicing, should be in Christ (Col 3:17, Phil 3:3).

TODAY’S CONFESSION
I sing praises to your name, for your name is great and greatly to be praised.

QUESTIONS
a) How is praise related to worship?
b) In what better way can I make use of the psalms now?
c) How best can I praise God?

PRAISE & WORSHIP II

TOPIC: PRAISE & WORSHIP II
TEXT: JOHN 4:19-24, PHIL 3:3,
1PET 2:5
AIM: TRUE WORSHIP; worshiping in Spirit and in truth

FROM LAST WEEK

The bible is a Christocentric book, it testifies of Jesus (John 5:39). Wrong interpretation of the scripture produces wrong information, wrong information produces wrong thinking, wrong thinking produces wrong confession, wrong confession produces wrong action, and wrong action produces wrong result. Our understanding of the scripture is we seeing everything in the Light of Christ (Luke 24:45).
Last week, we saw how that our worship as believers isn’t about singing slow songs but rather Christian service. It is our service, adoration, gratitude and as well honour to God. Also we saw that in worship, it is not worship that elevates the object of worship. Rather, the object of worship is in an elevated status hence, the worship.

OFFERING: THE BASIS ELEMENT IN WORSHIP
Due to the fall of man, man began to seek forgiveness of sins. Thus, offering blood sacrifices for propitiation i.e. to appease, to conciliate. (Gen 8:20, Gen 22:5).

JESUS’ BLOOD, THE PERFECT OFFERING

The offering of the old testament was symbolic of Jesus offered for us (Heb. 9:11-12)

Jesus’ blood purifies our conscience (Heb 10:1-5)
Jesus went in on our behalf. (Heb. 6:20, Heb 9:12)
Jesus sacrifice was once and for all (Heb 10:2,10-14)
Sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary (Heb. 10:17-18)

OUR BODIES IN SERVICE
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6:19, 1Cor 3:16)
It has been bought with a price (1Cor 6:20, 1Cor 7:23)
We are to honour (worship) God with it (1Cor 6:20)
We are to present it in service to God (Rom 12:1)

 

CONCLUSION
The man who comes through Jesus (i.e. a man in Christ) is perfect, sanctified and is a true worshipper (Heb. 13:15). When a man is born of the spirit, he is a true worshipper based on what Jesus has done. Our singing is valid not because of the melodies neither is it valid because of the harmony but it is valid only because of Christ offering.
As believers, if we look at the value of our worship to God today, we look at the value of the blood of Jesus. Jesus’ offering has qualified our bodies to serve God (1Pet 2:5). Thus whatever we do with our body, we are accountable for.

TODAY’S CONFESSION
Now that I am in Christ, I choose to Worship God with my body.

QUESTIONS
Based on our study so far,
1. What can be deduced from the discussion Jesus had with the Samaritan Woman in John 4?
2. Explain the term “Worship”.
3. What makes our worship acceptable

PRAISE & WORSHIP I

TOPIC: PRAISE & WORSHIP I
TEXT: JOHN 4:19-24, PHIL 3:3,
1PET 2:5
AIM: TRUE WORSHIP; worshiping in Spirit and in truth

INTRODUCTION
In this day and age, a lot of frivolities which ought not to, especially with things that have to do with the Christian faith have been surfacing. We realize that people do things with wrong motives, even when it comes to worshiping God. Some say that worship is singing slow songs while praise is singing fast songs. As touching Christian practices, the scripture should be the basis i.e. where we draw instructions as to how they should be done. (2Tim. 3:16) says all scripture is inspired of God, (2Pet. 1:21) says it is borne by the Holy Spirit. Our lifestyle and conduct is expected to root from it.

LAW OF FIRST MENTION
The very first mention of the word worship in the scripture was when Abraham was to offer Isaac as a burnt offering at the region of Moriah (Gen 22:2,5). He called it worship. So, we see clearly that it had nothing to do with singing.
IT’S MEANING
Worship is translated in Hebrew as shachah , while the Greek translation is proskuneo. They both mean depress, bow down, prostrate mainly reflexively in homage to royalty or God (Exo. 4:31). It can be summarised as an honourable action to pay obeisance.
Whatever must be worshipped must be held in awe. Worship does not elevate the God. Rather, God is in an elevated status hence the worship. An example is the case of Jesus’ birth when the wise men called him king of the Jews and they fell down and worshiped him (Matt 2:2,11). The worship did not make him the king of the Jews but was to acknowledge His kingship over the Jews.

SOME INS AND OUTS OF TRUE WORSHIP
The Father seeks such John 4:23
God alone deserves it Rev 4:10-11
Humility is essential Jam 4:6
Only one with nature of God (born of the spirit) can offer such John 3:5
The state of the heart is important in worship Matt 15:8-9, Prov 23:7
 Worship involves an offering i.e. something given (Heb.10:1-2) the offering they brought was why they were called worshippers.

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION
Worshiping God in Spirit and in truth is not just singing or dancing as we have seen, but Christian service. An example is in (Luke 2:36-37). We presenting our bodies a living sacrifice is what Paul calls our reasonable service (Rom 12:1). The most important thing is that we worship God in Spirit (based on God’s nature) and in truth (Christ John 14:6)

Worship that is accepted by God is a privilege unique to the Christian (1 Pet 2:5). As we will see in subsequent lessons, it is not a right rather it is based on what Christ has done.

TODAY’S CONFESSION
As one in Christ, the reason I live is to worship God.

QUESTIONS
a. What does God want me to understand most about Himself?
b. What does God want me to understand most about others?
c. What does God want me to understand most about myself? And in light of all this, what would He have me do?