To any of you reading this who live outside the 469, a few words of explanation are necessary. “42 Days” is a 6-week men’s study we do once or twice a year at North Point. During this time, I’ll be posting weekly questions, quotes, and instructions for guys here on my blog.
Feel free to follow along with us.
42 Days Week Five
The Book. If you are reading Celebration of Discipline, make sure you read through chapters 11 and 12 this week. We will be considering worship and guidance in our study and discussion next week.
Fasting. What did you learn from fasting last week? Would you consider fasting again this week? Pick something different to fast from and try to dedicate even more time to your spiritual journey.
Bible Study. Your chapter for the week is 1 John 1. Make it your goal to read it at least twice each day. Try reading it in different versions like The Message or the Good News Bible. Take notes while you read. What do words and statements mean? What actions should you be taking? What questions do you have and how are you going to pursue answers?
23rd Psalm. The line of the week is “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Try to memorize it. Write it down and post in places you’ll see it…on the bathroom mirror or your computer screen or your dashboard. Meditate on it. Contemplate what it means and ways you can put it into practice. Use your notebook again, to write down your responses to this amazing sentence.
Quotes from Celebration of Discipline.
“If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship. To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change.”
“To worship is to experience Reality, to touch Life. It is to know, to feel, to experience the resurrected Christ in the midst of the gathered community.”
“God calls for worship that involves our whole being. The body, mind, spirit, and emotions should all be laid on the altar of worship. Often we forget that worship should include the body as well as the mind and the spirit.”
“Worship may produce an outward change, but our inner condition will eventually be revealed”
“If we hope to move beyond the superficialities of our culture, including our religious culture, we must be willing to go down into the recreating silences, into the inner world of contemplation.”
“In fact, the common experience of those who walk with God is one of being given images of what can be.”
“A. W. Tozer says, “The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.”
Questions for Reflection.
- How do you define worship?
- What is “holy expectancy”? How can we cultivate it?
- We understand a little bit about seeking after God in worship. We know very little about God seeking after us and drawing us into His presence. Have you ever experienced God seeking after you? If so, how do you know? What was it like?
- Contrast your personal worship experience with your corporate worship experience.
- What are some different forms of worship and which ones have been particularly meaningful to you?
- Why is singing most often identified with worship in the modern church?
- What are some advantages and disadvantages of formalized worship (like is experienced in the Episcopol or the Anglican church)? Or even the more traditional forms of worship from your youth?
- The author wrote the following: “Just like worship begins with holy expectancy, it ends with holy obedience.” What does this mean to you?
“Guidance is the most radical of the Disciplines because it goes to the heart of this matter of walking with God. Guidance means the glorious life of hearing God’s voice and obeying his word.”
- What does this quote mean to you?
- How is God currently guiding you?
- How can guidance be a “corporate” Discipline? What does it look like?
- How do you discern the will of God? In other words, how do you know what God wants you to do?
- How should the idea of guidance influence the way we carry on the business of our church family?