SERIES INTRODUCTION

MODGNIK... what do we know about it? It's one of the great mysteries of historic Christianity. It's a completely upside-down way to understand God. It's confusing, yet beautifully simple. But don't worry, all will be revealed about this new series at Eastside!

  • Share your favorite worship song.

 


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Not To Us

SERMON GUIDE

This week our focus is on the N in MODGNIK which stands for Not to Us.

Even though it’s thrilling, exhilarating, and fulfilling to be in this Kingdom where we put others first, where we descend into greatness by serving others, and where we encourage generosity to flow through us like a river, it’s not all about us. The first verse in the Bible does not read, “In the beginning, you,” but it reads, “In the beginning, God.”

The topic of this weekend’s message is worship. The word “worship” means the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration.

Have someone read Psalms 115:1.

One of the reasons we worship this amazing God is because He is loving and faithful. Throughout the Bible the word Holy is used to describe Him. He is set apart, different from any of us.

Have someone read Isaiah 6:3 and Exodus 15:11.

Whenever Scripture describes people coming face to face with God, there was a healthy amount of fear. These people were acutely aware that they were moral foul ups, screwed-up sinners in the presence of a holy, perfect God. Abraham entered God’s presence and confessed being nothing but “dust and ashes.” When Habakkuk heard the voice of the Lord, he reacted with a pounding heart, quivering lips and trembling legs.

Psalm 96:9 says “Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness, tremble before him, all the earth.” When we truly see God’s holiness, we realize that we deserve death, we deserve to be punished for our sins, that we are far from holy. God in His incredible love and grace sent us a Savior to redeem us. That is why we worship Him.

Music is one method of worship and what we first think of when we hear that word. Those of us who grew up attending church may have experienced different styles of worship. Maybe you sang hymns, or perhaps you grew up in a church that did not include musical worship.

  • If you grew up going to church, share what style of worship you grew up with.

  • If you didn’t grow up attending church, share your first time experiencing worship at Eastside.

 

How we were raised can influence how we view or experience worship. If you were raised holding hymnals while singing all the verses of “Amazing Grace,” it might feel weird to raise your hands and sing loudly. You might feel everyone is looking at you (they aren’t). Some of us will raise our hands but aren’t willing go to our knees during worship.

We might think there is only one way to worship, but in the Scriptures we see many different forms of worship. If you want to know the style of worship God loves, it’s not a mystery. There is a book of the Bible, Psalms, that shows us. Psalms is the biggest book in the Bible, with 150 chapters, focusing primarily on worship. It’s like God is saying, “This is really important to me!” For many of us, what we read in the Psalms doesn’t look much like how we actually worship.

Part of the problem is in the translation. You might be reading Psalms in English and come across the word “praise.” In Hebrew, the original language of Psalms, there are seven completely different Hebrew words that have been translated into one English word “praise.”

Gene shared the seven different Hebrew words for “praise,” and how the Hebrew dictionary defines them.

The seven words and their meanings are:

  1. Halal - to rave, boast, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish

  2. Yadah - worship with extended hand

  3. Barak - bless by kneeling or bowing

  4. Zamar - to pluck the strings of an instrument with joyful expression

  5. Shabach - praise Me with shouts, and address Me in loud tones

  6. Towdah – to lift hands in adoration

  7. Tehillah - exuberant singing

Have someone read Psalms 150:3-5.

  • Read over the seven words for “praise,” and select which best describes how you love to worship. Which is the praise word or type of worship you are most uncomfortable with?

  • Share a time you remember feeling especially close to God while worshipping. How did that change or impact you?

Philippians 2 in the New Testament of the Bible talks about how Jesus descended into greatness to serve others, and how He humbled Himself by dying on a cross for us so we could have grace, freedom, hope, and purpose.

Have someone read Philippians 2:9-11.

There is no other name that has more power than the name of Jesus, and someday that’s going to be clear to everyone. Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

His name is lifted up in all 66 books of the Bible. Genesis starts with He is our creator and promised Redeemer. Revelation says He’s the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, the Lamb slain before the foundations of the world.

  • Have each person look up a verse representing an attribute of God and share it with the group.

Darlene Zschech, worship leader and author of many songs, including “Shout to the Lord,” said, “Worship is not an event. It is not a Sunday morning ritual. A worshipful life is ‘a Christ-centered, Romans 12, everything-I-do poured-out-as-a-spiritual-act-of-worship’ life.” Which means in your walking, talking, living…You are constantly aware that Jesus is the center of all things for you.”

As followers of Jesus, we are called to a lifestyle of worship. We don’t need a worship band to worship God; we can worship Him alone, at home, even in our car. A worship-filled life takes the focus off of us and directs it toward God. It requires making choices that make worship a priority in our lives.

  • What are you choosing to focus your time and energy on?

  • Discuss this question: If truly worshiping God is my priority, how can I change my daily schedule to reflect that?


APPLICATION

Trying new ways of worship might seem awkward at first.

  • Consider trying to worship God in a new way. Maybe it is lifting your hands up as you worship during a church service or kneeling in worship at home. Try exuberant singing to your favorite worship song while driving (don’t raise your hands though!)

  • Create a playlist on Spotify or iTunes of your favorite worship songs that you can use at home or while driving.

PRAYER

Pair off and

  • Share one thing you are hesitant about in terms of worship. Pray for each to overcome your fears and to experience God in worship with a full and open heart.

 


For Your Reference

List of His name lifted up in all 66 books of the Bible.

Old Testament

Genesis – He is our CREATOR AND PROMISED REDEEMER

Exodus – He is the PASSOVER LAMB

Leviticus – He is our HIGH PRIEST

Numbers – He is our EVER-PRESENT GUIDE, with a CLOUD to guide us by day and a PILLAR OF FIRE by night

Deuteronomy – He is our COMING PROPHET that is greater than Moses

Joshua – He is the CAPTAIN OF OUR SALVATION

Judges – He is our JUDGE AND LAWGIVER

Ruth – our KINSMAN-REDEEMER

1 and 2 Samuel – He is our SHEPHERD-KING, who rushes out to face our giants all alone.

1 and 2 Kings - He is the RIGHTEOUS LEADER

1 and 2 Chronicles – the RESTORER OF THE KINGDOM.

Ezra – the FAITHFUL SCRIBE

Nehemiah – the One who RESTORES WHAT IS BROKEN

Esther – PROTECTOPR of His people

Job – our REDEEMER AND HEALER

Psalms – our SHEPHERD who hears our cries

Proverbs – our DAILY WISDOM

Ecclesiastes – our MEANING FOR LIFE

Song of Solomon – AUTHOR OF FAITHFUL LOVE

Isaiah – SUFFERING SERVANT AND PRINCE OF PEACE

Jeremiah – our RIGHTEOUS ONE

Lamentations – our WEEPING PROPHET

Ezekiel – the SON OF MAN

Daniel – the STRANGER IN THE FIRE with us

Hosea – FAITHFUL HUSBAND even when we run away

Joel – The RESTORER of all that the locusts had eaten

Amos – our BURDEN BEARER

Obadiah – He is MIGHTY TO SAVE

Jonah – our GREATEST MISSIONARY

Micah – He is the FAITHFUL MESSENGER

Nahum – Our STRENGTH AND SHIELD

Habakkuk – our REASON TO REJOICE, even when our fields are empty

Zephaniah – He is our WARRIOR who saves

Haggai – the CLEANSING FOUNTAIN

 Zechariah – He is the FOUNTAIN FLOWING, taking away sin

Malachi – the SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS who brings healing…

 

New Testament

Matthew – the KING OF THE JEWS

Mark – the SON OF GOD

Luke – the SAVIOR BORN IN THE CITY OF DAVID

John – the WORD BECOME FLESH dwelling among us

Acts – the SPIRIT who dwells in His people

Romans – the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD

1 Corinthians – the POWER AND LOVE OF GOD

2 Corinthians – He is the DOWN PAYMENT of what’s to come

Galatians – He our LIBERTY that sets us free

Ephesians – our RIGHTEOUS ARMOR

Philippians – the JOY OF OUR LIVE

Colossians – the FIRSTBORN OF ALL CREATION

1 Thessalonians – our COMFORT IN THE LAST DAYS

2 Thessalonians – our RETURNING KING

1 Timothy – SAVIOR of the worst sinners

2 Timothy – LEADER of the leaders

Titus – our FAITHFUL PASTOR

Philemon – our REDEEMER, restoring us to service

Hebrews – our GREAT HIGH PRIEST

James – He is the POWER behind your faith

1 and 2 Peter – our LIVING CORNERSTONE

1, 2, and 3 John – He is our ADVOCATE pleading for us

Jude – the FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH

Revelation – He’s THE FIRST AND THE LAST, THE BEGINNING AND THE END, THE LAMB slain to pay for the sins of the world.