Revive – Worship


Sermon Notes & Group Questions

“Our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.” – Louie Giglio

“Strong affections for God, rooted in and shaped by the truth of Scripture.” – John Piper

“Worship is giving God the best He has given you.” – Oswald Chambers

Romans 12:1 – “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.”

“Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” – Eugene Peterson

2 Chronicles 19:2 – “But Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, wrath has gone out against you from the Lord.”

2 Chronicles 20:1-4 – “After this the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites, came against Jehoshaphat for battle. Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar” (that is, Engedi). Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.”

2 Chronicles 20:15 – “And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”

2 Chronicles 20:17 – “You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.”

2 Chronicles 20:21-22 – “And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.” And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.”

Philippians 4:4 – “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”

1 Peter 1:8 – “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory…”

Romans 12:2 – “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…”

Ephesians 4:23 – “…to be renewed in the spirit of your minds.”

“One of the reasons some simple, uneducated people live much more holy and upright lives than some Christians who are very educated is that their minds are far more deeply renewed.” – John Piper

1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Psalm 29:1-2 – “Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.”

1 Corinthians 6:20 – “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

Psalm 31:14 – “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”

Psalm 32:7 – “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.”

Psalm 86 – “Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.”

John 15:5 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

Psalm 63:1-4 (The Message) – “God-you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you.”

Group Questions:

Q1: A definition of worship that Paul noted is, “offering all that I am for all that God is.” Read the quotes below. Which explanation of worship resonates most with you and why?

  • “Our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is and what He has done, expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.” – Louie Giglio
  • “Strong affections for God, rooted in and shaped by the truth of Scripture.” – John Piper
  • “Giving God the best He has given you.” – OswaldChambers

Read Romans 12:1

Q2: The apostle Paul shows us that worship stems from our response to God’s mercies toward us. Our reciprocation is then demonstrated by a deliberate and sacrificial way of living that honors God. Are there areas in your life that you find more easy to present to God in this way? Are there parts of yourself and your life that you sometimes hold back? Explain your answers.

Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-4

Q3: Has there been a time of crisis in your life when you were afraid but stopped and sought God instead of just reacting to the situation at hand? If so, how did He move on your behalf, and were you drawn to worship Him in a new way? Explain what this was like for you.

Read Philippians 4:4

Q4: Is there a situation in your life where God is calling you to rejoice even though that isn’t easy or natural for you to do so? Explain what you are facing.

Read Romans 12:2

Q5: Do you have go-to scriptures or songs that God has used in your life and that help you renew your mind and “lead with worship”? Share one or two of those.

Take time to pray together before you dismiss. If anyone in your group shared anything that they are personally dealing with in Questions 2 or 4, consider praying over those situations specifically.

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