NOTE: Following is the discussion guide we’ll use tomorrow (Mar. 9) in our LIFE groups at MoSt Church. This guide will enable your follow-up of my sermon that morning. This sermon is the second in a three-part series entitled Sing!
To find previous group discussion guides, look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous issues.
Stated in a single sentence, this is the purpose of this sermon series, or this particular sermon, in a series.
To stress the significance of singing in our life together as seekers of God.
These Scriptures form some of the foundation of this morning’s sermon.
• May the God of endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude toward each other, similar to Christ Jesus’ attitude. That way you can glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ together with one voice. So welcome each other, in the same way that Christ also welcomed you, for God’s glory. (Romans 15.5-7 CEB)
• … be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5.18b-20 NRSV)
• Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. (Colossians 3.16 NRSV)
• So let’s continually offer up a sacrifice of praise through him, which is the fruit from our lips that confess his name. (Hebrews 13.15 CEB)
• Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. (James 5.13b NLT)
• … before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. … They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. (Revelation 14.1-3,4a NIV)
Use one of the following icebreaker questions to prime the pump, to help the conversation begin. Choose one to discuss.
1. Name a song that never fails to makes you smile whenever you hear it.
2. You’re stranded on a desert island. You have only one song recorded to listen to. What is it?
These exercises/questions are meant to help us grapple with the Scripture(s) related to this morning’s sermon.
1. Read Rom. 14.1-4,13,19; 15.2. What enables disciples to glorify God “together with one voice”?
2. In the texts above, what is specifically connected with “Christ”? What does he do or have?
3. Read Ps. 40.1-3; 96.1-2,13; 98.1; 144.9-14; 149. What prompts God’s people to sing a “new song”?
These questions assist our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us in our encounter with God’s word.
1. If our singing is a “sacrifice of praise,” what does it “cost” to praise God? Cost you? Cost us?
2. Choose. “My favorite church songs have (a) God or (b) others as the primary audience?” Why?
3. “I tend to pay very close attention to the words and meaning of a song whenever _________.”
4. How exactly do we “teach and admonish one another in all wisdom” through singing?
5. What happens when we sing together that can’t/doesn’t happen any other time?
These ideas/suggestions are for your use beyond the group meeting; to aid in living out today’s message in the coming days.
1. Select one song of praise to deliberately put in your heart and sing to God each day this week.
2. Compose a short, simple “new song” expressing thanksgiving for God’s victory in your life.