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!
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Not To Us
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:
Halal - to rave, boast, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish
Yadah - worship with extended hand
Barak - bless by kneeling or bowing
Zamar - to pluck the strings of an instrument with joyful expression
Shabach - praise Me with shouts, and address Me in loud tones
Towdah – to lift hands in adoration
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?
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.
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.
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…
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.