Bible Study - VERTICAL: Body Language
- Psalm 69:30-31 states, “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves.” Giving thanks is one expression of worship. What is something God has done for you that you are thankful for or are celebrating? How have you experienced or observed his faithfulness in recent days?
- Where are you experiencing stress, anxiety or fear? How would you like to see God move in your life or in the life of someone close to you?
- What did you hear in this week’s sermon that was new or particularly interesting? Did anything stand out to you as puzzling or troubling?
- What has been your experience (or church background, tradition) with worship and music? What are some of the various elements of worship services and musical styles that you personally appreciate? How do these things encourage your heart in God?
- Scripture introduces various words for “praise” or “singing” and many of these expressions include our voice, our volume, or our bodies. Whether in church or when you are alone, what are some of the expressions that you have gravitated toward? (ex: kneeling in prayer, singing while running, etc.) What are we communicating to God when we engage in expressive worship? Does this really matter?
- Chris noted: “It’s not the intensity or expression of one’s faith that makes the difference. It’s the object of one’s faith.” Jesus crucified and resurrected is the One in whom we place our faith and trust. How has Jesus changed your life? How does this inform your worship and your praise?
- Psalm 119:36a says, “Turn my heart toward your statutes…” There are times when our hearts do not want to follow God in worship; we need God to help us. But Chris mentioned that, “Sometimes you put your body where you want your heart to be.” What do we do? How do we navigate these moments?
- In the next 24-48 hours, what simple next step could you take in obedience to what you’ve learned from your time in God’s Word? Who would benefit from hearing what you’ve learned this week? Will you share it with them?