Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on September 20, 2015:
- SUNDAY: Exodus 1, Exodus 2, Exodus 3,
- MONDAY: Exodus 4, Exodus 5, Exodus 6,
- TUESDAY: Exodus 7, Exodus 8, Exodus 9,
- WEDNESDAY: Exodus 10, Exodus 11, Exodus 12,
- THURSDAY: Exodus 13, Exodus 14, Exodus 15,
- FRIDAY: Matthew 26:6-46, Mark 14:12-42, Luke 22:7-38,
- SATURDAY: John 13:1-30, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: All Things New Sermon Title: Praising Through
Delivered On: September 13, 2015
5 Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. 6 Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.” ([bible]Nehemiah 8:5&6 [/bible])
Praise God for His glory, power, and desire to lead your life and our church. Confess any hidden sin in your life and thank God that He is ready and willing to forgive you through the grace of Jesus. Lift up praise to God for the ways He has led your life, protected you, and forgiven you.
Do What You Did Before -God’s people in Nehemiah’s days had forgotten rhythms of worship and practices of praise. God called them back to those holy habits that had guided their lives of faith years before. Identify one or two godly habits and life disciplines you use to do but have fallen out of the rhythm of your life. Start them up for the coming month and see how this impacts your praise and worship of God.
Small Group Discussion
What helps you lift up praise to God and what gets in the way of you having an attitude and actions of praise?
Read: Nehemiah 8:1-6
The people of God gathered to read and learn from the Scriptures. Tell about what you do to grow in your knowledge of the Bible as well as deepen your commitment to live out what the Bible teaches.
Who is one person that has helped you grow in your love for the Bible and understanding of what God’s Word teaches? How has this person influenced you and helped you grow in your understanding of the Bible?
Who is one person you are helping grow in their understanding of the Bible and their commitment to live out the teaching of Scripture? What are you doing to help this person grow in understanding of God’s Word?
Read: Nehemiah 8:12
What are ways we can share our praise and the joy of the Lord with other people? What are there specific ways you invite others into the joy you experience as you walk with Jesus?
Read: Nehemiah 9:7-15
What were some of the ways the people of Israel would remember and celebrate God’s faithfulness from their past? What are ways we can regularly look back, remember God’s faithfulness, and walk in hope for the future?
Tell about a time God was clearly present and faithful in your life. How does the memory of this moment in your past move you to praise and worship today?
Read: Nehemiah 10:28-35
How can offerings, tithes, and gifts become an action of praise and worship? When a Christian decides not to give or be generous, how could this impact their ability to live as people of praise?
When we grow in generosity and awareness that all we have is a gift from God, how can this move us to greater praise and worship? What are ways we can become more generous and quick to share what we have with God and people in need?