We sing to God. But we also sing to one another. We explore the effect of spiritual music on the memory, the conscience, and the heart.
The language of offering is all over the New Testament - applied to financial contributions, converts in mission work, bringing worship to the throne of God, even our bodies being a living sacrifice in service to others. But to understand the significance of the Quality of an offering, we need a passage like Malachi 1 to shake us up and open our eyes to how God sees anything which falls short of our best.
Psalm 122 is a journey to and from a collective worship gathering with the people of God. The journey gives us 3 stages: Anticipation of the Collective Worship, Participation in It, and Transformation from it as we go back into the world.
How do we regard the importance of our assemblies together as compared with the emphasis placed on them by the early church? Which cultural factors have contributed to the devaluing of our time together? We examine these questions and look at 3 passages in Hebrews which should help reignite our anticipation of our regular gatherings as God's people.
Psalm 107 gives us four pictures that capture our experience of lostness and brokenness until God intervened: Desert Wanderers, Guilt-Bound Prisoners, ......
Idolatry is a universal struggle. In this lesson, we explore 3 components of the appeal of other objects of devotion - CONTROL, SUBVERSION, SPLENDOR.
Movement toward the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle is a picture of how we should see worship. The Book of Hebrews repeatedly uses the expression "draw near" to describe what Jesus enables for each of us in worship through Him. This is a reflection on confident closeness to God in worship.
Prayer is individual, but it is also communal - when we are assembled together and even when we are in private. We explore the overlap of Christian fellowship and prayer.
A tour through some salvation stories in the Scriptures that show us why singing praises is a celebration of what God has done