RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL, 2016/2017 SESSION
LESSON ONE: Sunday 4th September, 2016
ACCEPTABLE CHRISTIAN WORSHIP
Memory Verse: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24
BIBLE PASSAGE: John 4: 19-25
INTRODUCTION: Worship is an act of paying homage which involves deep respect, reverence, adoration and showing sincere love to a supreme being. The Almighty God who created us must be worshipped for who He is and not because He needs anything from us (Acts 17:23-25; 1 Peter 2:9). We are created to show the splendour of God by glorifying Him (Psalm 29:2). Since we are created for worship, it is important that we find out ways to do it so as to be acceptable by Him who commands it.
I. Preparing for worship
2. Acceptable worship
PREPARING FOR WORSHIP
The following steps should be taken by anyone preparing to worship God in an acceptable manner:
1. Put your heart in order. Before moving into the external ait of worship, there is the need for you to put your heart in order. This is to ensure that hindrances to your worship are off-loaded from your heart. We must get rid of anger, hatred, unforgiveness, bitterness and other vices (Colossians 3:8-9).
2. Reconcile with all. There is the need for us to reconcile with God and man in any area of offence (Matthew 5:23-24; Acts 24:16). We need to reconcile and make restitution where necessary (Luke 19:8).
Not all worship is acceptable to God (Psalm 15:1-5; Matthew 7:21). There are various forms of unacceptable worship. These include:
1. Vain worship: this is based on lip service and not from the heart (Mark 7:6).
2. Ignorant worship: it refers to worship without the knowledge of who God really is and how He should be worshipped (John 4:22; Acts 17:22-23).
3. Will or self-imposed worship: it refers to satisfying personal will and desire instead of carrying out God’s instruction (Colossians 2:20-23; Leviticus 10:1-2).
Acceptable worship is based on worship rendered to God in spirit and in truth (John 4:20-24). Acceptable worship or service is always offered in holiness (Psalm 96:9): from a heart “void of offence toward God, and toward men” (Acts 24:16). It is one done by faith, like the sacrifice of Abel (John 9:36-38; Hebrews 11:4).
In the world today, people choose to worship different objects using diverse methods. The scripture teaches that only God should be worshipped and this should be done in spirit and in truth (Exodus 20:1-5; 34:14). Such worship touches the heart of God and thus, the blessing of God is released on the worshippers.
1. What does it mean to worship God in spirit and in truth?
2. Identify the consequences of unacceptable worship in Leviticus 10:1-3 and Genesis 4:3-7.