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Getting BIG Results with Small Groups
a Small Group Leaders Training Manual Web Sample by Rev. David Weidlich, Pastor, Cooper Mountain Presbyterian Fellowship
2. Adoration of God
Building Community In Your Small Group
Four Goals of a Small Group:
Worshipping God in Small Groups
Acts 2:47: ...praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.
Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
Human beings were created to worship. It is as much a part of our constitution as our longing for the eternal or our sense of justice. To deny this natural response or to assume its irrelevance is like submerging a balloon under water. It continually springs up. If we are forced to suspend our worship of God, it does not mean that we stop worshipping, only that we redirect its focus toward ourselves or toward another created object rather than to the Creator.
-George Mallone, Furnace of Renewal, p. 44.
Why Worship God?
Matt 4:10 - "Worship the Lord your God and serve him only."
Psalm 29:1-2 (above)
Exodus 20:2-3 - "I am the Lord your God...You shall have no other Gods before me."
Westminster Shorter Catechism: "The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever."
· Worship positions us to receive God's grace.
Why Worship in Small Groups?
To study God's Word and not respond with worship is to treat the Bible as a stale text book, we might as well be gathering together around Homer's Odyssey.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. --Psalm 119:18
"If Socrates should enter the room, we would all rise and do him honor. But if Jesus Christ came into the room, we would all fall down and worship him." -Napoleon
Some Worship Ideas:
We worship God in our church worship services. Why is it still important to worship in our Small Groups? What are some advantages for having the whole church together for corporate worship? What are some advantages to worship in small groups?
Small Group Leaders Manual
A. W. Tozer on Worship
In this hour of all but universal darkness one cheering gleam appears: within the fold of conservative Christianity there are to be found increasing numbers of persons whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself. They are eager for spiritual realities and will not be put off with words, nor will they be content with correct "interpretations" of truth. They are athirst for God, and they will not be satisfied till they have drunk deep at the Fountain of Living Water.
The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.
The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word.
Religion, so far as it is genuine, is in essence the response of created personalities to the Creating Personality, God.
Read this on your knees:
O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, "Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away." Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
-from A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God.
If you have never heard the mountains singing, or seen the trees of the field clapping their hands, do not think because of that that they don't. -McCandlish Phillips
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