Love Means Worship
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, May 8, 2022
Jesus tells us to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength”. What does that mean in reality, though? Love is something that has to be worked at – there is an intentionality to it. But it is also something that just sort of happens to us. So how do we intentionally love God?
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“What is the greatest commandment?”, Jesus was asked. The answer Jesus gave is well known even today, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your mind, and all your strength”. What does that really mean, and what does it look like in the life of a follower of Jesus who is loving God well?
Today we will see that love means worship, but what that really means may surprise you. Ask anyone about what Christians do, and most will likely say something about worship services… we all know that Christians attend worship services, so much so, that when we talk about worship, we usually mean a worship service, and more specifically, the songs we sing at a service. When someone says, ‘the worship was really good today!’, most of us understand that to mean, ‘I really liked the song choices, and the way the band played them’. But is that really what worship is all about?
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- Read Mark 12:28-31 and 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. How do you see the difference between doing the right thing out of love, and doing the right thing for other reasons?
- When you detect that your love for God is less than you want it to be, why is it easier at times to simply focus on doing more of the right things, rather than strengthening your love for God?
- Greg talked on Sunday about how genuine worship of God includes three things: discover who God is, respect who God is, and celebrate who God is. It starts with that first step of discovery. Read Psalm 34:8-10 and Matthew 11:28-30. Why is this the natural and necessary place to start when it comes to authentic worship?
- Read John 14:15-24 and Romans 12:1-2. Worship also means respecting God for who he is and what he says. How easily do you make the connection between your obedience to God and your worship of God?
- When we know who God is and are finding joy in respecting His ways, the final expression of worship (the one most of us begin with) is to celebrate who God is. Read Psalm 95:1-7. What stands out to you about how this Psalm describes what our worship ought to be like?
- Which facet of worship do you think you would be most well served by growing in: discovering more of who God is, respecting His authority and will more fully, or celebrating more intentionally who He is and what he has done?
What is God calling you to do? What will you do about it this week?