Today's Chapter: 1 Corinthians 14
Specific Text: 1 Corinthians 14:26-40
Worship should NOT be like a box of chocolates. You should never wonder what you're going to get when you walk into church on Sunday morning and evening. Today's chapter reminds us that above all our worship should be orderly.
Instead of a box of chocolates, worship is more like a conversation. It begins with God calling you into His presence. This is significant, because it's the opposite of what Adam heard after he sinned: God sent Adam away... out of His presence. Now, because of the second Adam, Jesus, you are welcome back in. So after being called in by God, we respond with a song of praise. We pause for God to greet us, and then we greet each other & respond with more praise. We hear God speak to us through His law, and we respond by confessing our sin, and then hear His promise that our sin is forgiven. We spend time in prayer, and then listen to God's Word proclaimed and explained. We finish with more praise, and then await God's parting blessing (benediction = good words, or words of blessing). We go out singing a doxology (words of glory) to God.
Orderly worship does not mean dull, boring, and no variety. For lots of reasons, our worship today is quite different than what it was for the Corinthians, and worship expressions change over time and reflect the culture of the worshippers. We have a very diverse congregation, so some songs we sing one group of people love, while later on we sing songs another group loves. But the rhythm never changes: God speaks, you respond. This is the primary way that you are built up as a Christian.
Prayer For The Day: Thank you, Father God, for the privilege of coming before you in worship each week. I pray that my worship will be pleasing to you, and that it will build me up. Thank you especially for what we will celebrate this Sunday: the triumphant resurrection of your Son, in whose name I pray. Amen.
Discussion Starter: What is your favorite part of worship?