13th March 2011 Cell Questions Struggling in our worship
We continued our series on Sunday looking at Learning to Worship. It’s good to be reminded of the why’s and how to’s of worship. To look at why different ways and different patterns are helpful and encourage us in our worship. The series is aimed at helping those who struggle and to encourage those who are further on the road to keep going. Worship is often a struggle. We struggle to make time for prayer or to read our bibles, to feel enthusiastic for worship. So, how do we learn to grow in our worship and break through the barrier afflicting us? Well there are a number of steps that we need to make. Firstly, we need to seek it. If we don’t want to meet with God, if we don’t want to grow in Christlikeness, if we aren’t prepared to put in any effort then it says that it isn’t important to us and it says that it isn’t important to us. It’s not that we do everything, but we need to be prepared to seek God. Secondly, it takes time to learn to grow in worship. It’s easy to be frustrated and give up. But like cultivating plants in a garden we need patience and we need to learn to weed and feed and prune in order to see results. We need patience and perseverance to grow in worship.
Read Psalm 40:18 and Mt. 7:720 1. Why do you think causes God to seem far away at times?
2. Do you see worship more as a duty or a joy at the moment – why is that? Why do you think that we flip between the two? 3. In what ways can we make an effort to grow in our worship?
4. What has been the period of your life where you found it easiest to worship? Why do you think that was the case? Are there any lessons that we can learn for when we find it difficult?
5. How patient are you? What happens when you don’t get quick answers from God and does it affect your view of God? What stops you being more patient?