Worship

 
True spiritual worship is the recognition and reverence of God 
as the Lord of life. We bow down before God, we esteem Him, 
and we lift up His glorious name, individually and in large or 
small congregations. In our praying, singing, and work, we 
should worship the Lord with passion, devotion, and honest 
daily living. Worship is not a dull, lifeless ritual or routine, but 
a joyful experience of God’s presence.

During Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the people sang
praises and spread palm branches in the path before Him. Some 
Pharisees told Jesus to stop His disciples from doing this. Jesus 
said that if His followers were to stop praising Him, the rocks 
would cry out (Luke 19:39-40 NIV).

However, God does not accept sham worship or vain repetitions. 
Worship means loving the Lord with our heart, mind, soul, and 
strength. Consider true worship as a way of life.


1. Exodus 4:29–31.

What moved the Israelites to worship the Lord? 
How can we worship God wherever we are?


2. Job 1:18–20.

How did Job respond to the news of the deaths of his children? 
What attitude should we have toward God in good times and bad? 
Why?


3. Isaiah 6:1–8.

Where was God in Isaiah’s vision? 
What message did the angelic beings express? 
What initial response did Isaiah make? 
What did he plead in verse 8?


4. Ezekiel 8:14–16.

Some Hebrews worshiped Tammuz, the god of nature. 
What were the twenty-five men worshiping, their backs to the temple? 
They made cakes of bread for the pagan Queen of Heaven 
(Jeremiah 7:18; 44:17–19, 25). 
What other forms of worship did they practice? 
Why was this wrong? How did God react?

5. Matthew 2:10–11.

Wise men journeyed to Bethlehem after Jesus was born, 
giving gifts to Jesus at His home, and they worshiped Him. 
Why do we worship Jesus? (Philippians 2:5–11).


6. Matthew 14:28–33. 
When Peter called out to the Lord on the water, 
what did he attempt to do? 
What distracted him and made him afraid? 
What did Jesus ask him as He reached out to rescue him? 
What was the response of the disciples?


7. Matthew 28:16–17.

When the disciples met Jesus 
before His ascension, what did they do? 
What was the reaction of some? 
How do we worship the Lord? Your answers will vary.


8. John 4:20–24.

What did Jesus teach the woman at the well about worship? 
What are the two vital elements of worship?


9. Colossians 2:18.

Paul warned against the worship of angels. 
What early tendency did men have with regard to worship? 
(Romans 1:25). 
Does this kind of worship continue to this day? 
Who alone is to be worshiped?


10. Revelation 5:13–14.

All creatures in the universe will worship God and the Lamb. 
The twenty-four elders represent all the redeemed who will 
worship. Share some worship experiences.


Postlude
 
When John Wesley was listening to the preface of Martin Luther’s 
commentary on Romans, he said he felt his heart “strangely warmed.” 
As you search through the Scriptures and discuss the questions in this 
book, or meditate on them at home, I pray that your heart will be 
strangely warmed, as well. And may these Bible studies help keep 
Jesus and your relationship to Him the central focus of your life.


From 102 Fascinating Bible Studies by Preston A. Taylor

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‘Restrictive’ Gun Control Did Not Prevent Christchurch Massacre

 New Zealand requires licensing and in-depth background checks for would-be gun owners, but neither gun control policy prevented Friday’s attacks in Christchurch that killed nearly 50 people.

The University of Sydney’s GunPolicy.org describes New Zealand’s gun control as “restrictive,” because owning guns in that nation is not a guaranteed right but a privilege extended by the government.


Moreover, before legally owning a gun, residents must acquire a license. The acquisition of that license involves passage of a background check that “considers criminal, mental health, medical, addiction and domestic violence records.” Third party references must also be provided to authorities during the license procurement process and interviews are conducted with the applicant’s immediate family.

Even after licensing, New Zealanders cannot buy a handgun or “military style” semiautomatic without providing an acceptable explanation for why they want such a firearm. Additionally, those firearms must be registered with the central government upon acquisition.

It is illegal to sell a gun to anyone without a license, which means the background checks for license acquisition are universal; they cover all gun sales and transfers. And in the event that an individual is buying a gun from a friend or neighbor instead of retail, “the buyer… is obliged to pass official background checks before taking possession.” Also, “the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to one pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted firearm per acquisition permit.”

Further, gun show sales are highly regulated in New Zealand.

Democrat lawmakers in the U.S. are promoting many of these very gun controls–universal background checks, licensing, more gun show regulation, limits on the number of guns that can be purchased, etc.–arguing that these measures will make Americans safe. It is not yet clear how the killer in Christchurch acquired his weapons, yet we see that these gun controls did not prevent an attack that killed nearly 50 unarmed innocents.

More than one mosque was attacked in Christchurch, and the shooters who converged on a mosque in Linwood were reportedly chased by an apparent attendee who happened to be armed for self-defense.

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