Review the MEMORY VERSE: “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Hebrews 13:15 ESV
DISCUSS: What did you learn this week about worship?
In this week’s sermon, Pastor Jamey reminded us that part of our worship is living a life worth of the gospel. We are to set an example for others and live like Jesus.
Read 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
In this passage, Paul is encouraging believers to do everything for God’s glory. Even simple, everyday things such as eating and drinking should be acts of worship. As we’ve learned throughout this series on worship, every moment of each day, we are choosing to worship Him or something else. And everything we think, say, and do can reflects God to others.
DISCUSS: If a stranger spent one day with you, who or what would he say is your greatest priority? Are you living a lifestyle of worship?
Consider this story by Max Lucado, paraphrased from his book It’s Not About Me (Integrity Publishers, Brentwood, TN, 2005):
A tall Manhattan skyscraper housed a company owned by the CEO. Everyone in the building worked for the CEO, whose office was on the top floor. Most had not seen him, but they had seen his daughter. She worked in the building for her father. She exploited her family position for her benefit. She selfishly demanded employees to do special jobs for her; she issued harsh orders and gave curt commands; she cared little about anyone except herself. All the employees knew about the snide, selfish reputation of the CEO’s daughter, and many wondered, “If the daughter is like this, what does that say about her Dad?” And because of the daughter’s actions and attitude, many were glad they had never met her father.
Now imagine this story played out differently. Imagine the CEO’s daughter was instead known for her kind, selfless, and loving character. She helped others, welcomed new employees, encouraged fellow workers, and applauded a job well done. She never mentioned her father’s name, but she doesn’t have to. “Is she not his child? Doe she not speak on his behalf? When she speaks, everyone in the company assumes she speaks for him. And because they think highly of her, they think highly of her father. They’ve never seen or met him. But they know his child, so they know his heart.”
We, too, are ambassadors of the King. May our lifestyles help others think more highly of our Father, and may we live as examples, giving others a desire to know and worship Him.
Read 1 Peter 2:12
According to this verse, how can your lifestyle affect those around you?
Think about how your lifestyle (the things you think, say, and do) reflects on your Father in Heaven.