Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 1: Disciplined Worship : Friday, Jan. 9, 2004
January 9 2004 by Claude Frazier

Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 1: Disciplined Worship : Friday, Jan. 9, 2004
Friday, Jan. 9, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 1: Disciplined Worship

By Claude Frazier
Focal passage: Psalm 95:1-7a; Hebrews 10:19-25

Focus on God

Psalm 95:3-7

Worship involves focusing on and listening to God. God is worthy to be praised! In this scripture, we are told the reasons why people should worship Him.

God is in the incalculable heights and the mysterious depths. He is a great God, a great King, and in His hands are the depth of the earth and the height of the mountain peaks. The seas are His for He made them, and His hands formed the earth. We are called to come, bow down and worship Him. He is due our adoration and worship. We can be confident of His guidance and deliverance. We are the people of His pasture. And more than songs of praise and professions of faith, we need to be in earnest obedience and acceptance of His will.

Drawing near to God and not neglecting meeting together is the Psalmist's focus for us. Going to church and attending worship services needs to be more than going through the motions of worship. It is through true worship that we can grow and become more like God.

Draw Near to God

Hebrews 10:19-25

A "new and living way" was given to us by Jesus when He offered His life for us. This gives us the courage needed to draw near to God. It is a living way because the blood of Christ saves us, transforms us and gives us a continuing fellowship with God.

God is always extending an invitation for us to draw closer to Him, but the veil or "world" hinders us from drawing closer.

Humans alone cannot penetrate the veil; they do not have the resources within themselves. God's supreme purpose is to remove the veil and let humanity live. Such access to God had to be opened by the One who came from the other side of the veil.

The way to God was fully and finally opened by Jesus. He came from eternity into time, bringing access through the veil. We cannot approach God on the basis of our personal worth, but only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We draw near by a sincere heart, full of faith and without doubtful reservations.

Our first prayer should be: "Create in me a clean heart, O God." Sin mars the beauty of the body and soul. We know that God loves beauty. He painted the lilies a dreamy white, the roses were given a blushing red, and the evening sun threw out many unnamed colors in the sky. So we should be a "thing of beauty" to God, raised to walk in the newness of life and always ready to give testimony of our confession without wavering.

Bad examples are given when Christians abandon and haphazardly attend worship services. Growth comes from totally surrendering to God and His ways. It is kept alive by people who care enough for one another to assemble and worship together. We can stimulate each other to love and perform good deeds. God's people can receive courage from each other through gathering together.

Giving encouragement to other Christians is a duty God wants us to fulfill. We are to "stir up one another to love and good works." Good works are bound up with and cannot be separated from faith, hope and love. Many Christians are defeated because they lacked examples of dedicated men and women keeping faith and serving God wholeheartedly.

God has promised to never leave or forsake us. Moses was a good earthly example. He often told the people to be strong and of good courage, that God would not fail them. David also could encourage Saul and lift his black spirit with his sweet singing.

What communities we could have if each of us could pledge our spiritual, physical and material wealth to see who could do the most good works for others.
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