NOTE: Following is a copy of a discussion guide that could be used in a small group setting, such as MoSt Church‘s LIFE groups. These discussion guides work the same subjects and primary texts as the Sunday morning sermon. You’ll find these guides categorized each week under the category title LIFE group guides.
People who belong to God are people who worship God in all they do.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is true worship. (Romans 12:1 TNIV)
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:26-27 TNIV)
What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. (1 Corinthians 14:26 TNIV)
Icebreaker questions are intended to simply get us all talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.
1. Tell us of a funny happening “in church” that made you think, “Well, I hadn’t ever thought about that happening in worship before!”
2. Tell us of one specific moment when you sensed that you were deeply worshiping God.
These questions are meant to help us grapple directly with the sermon’s primary Scripture texts.
1. What words and/or phrases in Rom. 12:1 echo descriptions of worship in the Old Testament?
2. According to James 1:26-27, what three dimensions of life are engaged when you’re “doing religion right?”
3. What false narrative(s) about worship do you see directly challenged by 1 Cor. 14:26?
These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us through his word.
1. Which is easier for you to grasp and express, worshiping God with your body or your spirit? Why?
2. What are some of the biggest misunderstandings about what it means to worship God and to practice true religion that you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
3. William Law, author of the Christian classic A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (1728), wrote in that work: “It is very observable that there is not one command in all the gospel for public worship … Whereas that religion or devotion which is to govern the ordinary actions of our life is to be found in almost every verse of Scripture.” Engage this quote.
4. What aspect(s) of gathered worship (i.e. – worship with other believers) do you find yourself most frequently coming back to, building upon, or just generally carrying with you into your worship of God when you’re not together with other believers (or not on Sunday “in the church house”)?
5. Have you ever encountered someone who claimed to be very religious, but who refused to worship with other believers? What did you say to them? What would you say to them now?
6. Two specific false narratives about gathered worship were discussed in the sermon. Name them and tell of how Scripture overthrows these bits of “bad code” in our thinking. Can you think of other false narratives about worship, whether individual or corporate, that Scripture challenges?
7. What is most striking or powerful to you about the Scripture’s teaching that worship encompasses your whole life and not just your life “at church on Sundays?” How does it affect the way you see God? Others? Yourself?