Review the MEMORY VERSE: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39, NIV
DISCUSS: What did you learn this week about worship?
In this week’s sermon, Pastor Jamey reminded us that we worship with our lives when we:
- Present our bodies to God, and
- Are Present in the body of Christ.
Read Matthew 5:13
Read this quote by author John Stott from his book The Sermon on the Mount.
“Our Christian habit is to bewail the world’s deteriorating standards with an air of rather self-righteous dismay. We criticize its violence, dishonesty, immorality, disregard for human life, and materialistic greed. ‘The world is going down the drain,’ we say with a shrug. But whose fault is it? Who is to blame?”
“Let me put it like this. If the house is dark when night fall comes, there is no sense in blaming the house, for that is what happens when the sun goes down. The question to ask is ‘Where is the light?’ If the meat goes bad and becomes inedible, there is no sense blaming the meat, for that is what happens when bacteria are left alone to breed. The question to ask is ‘Where is the salt?’”
“Just so, if society deteriorates and its standards decline, till it becomes like a dark night or stinking fish, there is no sense in blaming society, for that is what happens when fallen men and women are left to themselves, and human selfishness is unchecked. The question to ask is ‘Where is the church? Why are the salt and light of Jesus Christ not permeating and changing our society?’”
“It is sheer hypocrisy on our part to raise our eyebrows, shrug our shoulders or wring our hands. The Lord Jesus told us to be the world’s salt and light”
We are created to serve, and our acts of service, individually and corporately as a church, are to be salt and light to our world. We worship God when we take our salt shaker and light out into the world instead of sitting on the pews with it.
- Consider the ways God has uniquely created you. What are your natural talents and spiritual gifts? Identify these gifts and brainstorm ways you could plug in to minister and serve at Riverview. Pray about this and be prepared to plug-in!
- This week, think of a few simple yet significant acts of service you and your family could perform for someone else. Choose 2 of these and take time to put these ideas into action. Then discuss how serving others, being salt and light, is related to worshiping God.