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Worship With Our Actions

April 26, 2019

GOAL:

To learn that we become like what we worship – we can become who we were created to be, or become a version of ourselves that we were never made to be

CONVERSATIONS STARTERS:

Go around the room and have everyone share one high point (best thing) and one low point (worst thing) about their week

If you could star in any action movie (released or unreleased), which one would you choose?

Would you rather receive a million dollars today, or 10 million dollars 10 years from now? What made you choose the way you did?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Do you think we can worship God in ways that have nothing to do with church, prayer, the Bible, or singing? Give some examples.

If the group is struggling, ask them… Is kindness an act of worship? Is insulting others an act of worship? Is gossiping with your friends an act of worship? Is being polite an act of worship? Is helping others an act of worship?

Read this quote by Bill Johnson: “We become what we worship.”

What do you think this quote means?

How does worship shape who we are, and how we act?

Think about your day so far. Have you done anything today that worships God (whether intentional or unintentional)? Have you done anything today that didn’t worship God?

During the talk, Darien said “You worship whatever you lust after; you worship whatever is the driving force or the most important thing in your life

Think about your own life – what is most important in your life? What is the driving force of your life? (Don’t have them answer this)

If the answer is not God, why? (Don’t have them answer this)

What do you think Darien meant when he said that you can tell who somebody worships by how they act? (Quote: “it’s really simple to tell if you are worshipping God or not – simply look at the way you act. The way you treat others around you. The way you speak about others when they’re not listening.)

How do your actions reflect who you worship?

How do you think worshipping God is supposed to affect our actions?

Read this quote by Bill Johnson: “Since we always become like whatever we worship, there is nothing greater that God could want for His people than for them to worship Him, for there is nothing greater than Himself. God doesn’t long for our worship because He’s an egotist in need of our affirmation. Instead He longs for our transformation that takes place in the glory of His presence.”

With that in mind, what do you think is the purpose of worship?

How is worship supposed to change our lives? (i.e. how is it supposed to affect the way we act?)

ACT IT OUT:

Think about your average day — what things do you do that are an act of worship to God? What things do you do that aren’t worshipping God? We want to encourage you to do at least one thing each day to worship God with your actions (e.g. be kind to someone else, filter what you say, help out someone who is in need?

PRAYER TIME:

Ask your group/child if there are any prayer requests or praise reports that they would like to share. Take a moment and pray over all the requests.

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