TiO 45 – Grit – Gritty Worship (Week 3)
The Main Idea
Gritty worship sometimes involves opening ourselves up to new ways that God can speak to us and draw us closer to him but it can also require simply being intentional about the things we are already doing.
Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)
Q1: What are some things that you really enjoy doing?
Q2: Is the thing you like to do best a group activity or an individual activity?
Q3: If you wanted to express your feelings, what is the best way for you to do that?
Dig a Little Deeper
In his message, Todd explored some ways in which we can make our worship more authentic, more gritty.
1. Defining worship
Read Romans 12:1-2
Q1: What does Paul say about worship in this passage?
Q2: How do you define worship?
Worship is not singing, it is connecting with God and can happen while you are singing, while you are praying, while you are walking in the woods, or when you are listening to a sermon. In order to be gritty worshippers we have to take chances, to do new things, in order to find out how we best connect with God.
Read Psalm 34
Q3: Everything spoken of in this chapter is worship. Given that, what is the scope of things in life that can connect us to God.
2. Take your worship off of autopilot.
Read Psalm 95:1-7
Prompters to worship can be defined as mode and style. Mode is the thing you do and style is how you do it. It is important to note that worship is our connection to God, the modes and styles are how we get there. Singing is a big part of our prompters to worship at Riverwood, that is one of our modes. And we use high energy rock/pop to facilitate that singing, especially at the Factory: that is our style. Sometimes we get so used to a particular mode and style that we forget why we do those things. Gritty worship is never automatic, safe, or routine.
Q4: In Psalm 95:1-7, what are the modes that the Psalmist describes to bring us to worship?
Q5: How many of those modes do you usually use personally?
3. New forms sometimes produce new connections.
Encounters with different kinds of modes of worship and ways of putting worship elements together (liturgy) sometimes can create new ways of prompting worship for us.
Read Psalm 51
Q6: How can the idea of confession together prompt us to worship God?
4. Try new expressions
Sometimes adding grit to your worship can be as simple as changing the venue (inside to outside), the ambiance (loud to quiet), or your body position (raised hands or kneeling).
Read Psalm 47
Q7: Is the kind of worship experience described in Psalm 47 your primary style? If not, how do you prefer to worship?
5. Worship is declaration of who God is and how he works in the world
Read Ephesians 3:7-13
Read Matthew 10:26-33
The church is the instrument of declaration of the truth of God in the world. And declaration of who God is naturally flows out of our worship of him.
Q8: According to the passages read, wow important is the declaration of the truth of God to us and to the world?
Learning to be a worshipper with grit takes understanding the purposes of God for worship and then discovering your best mode and style for prompting worship. We are not all the same and we do not worship best the same way all the time. Getting exposed to different modes and different styles can help you find worship prompters that are good for you.
Q1: What is your optimal worship mode? That is, in order to connect with God best what is the thing you like to do and the place where you like to do it?
Q2: If you could add one thing to your worship experience at Riverwood, what would it be?
The Depth (for optional study)
In this section we are providing an in-depth look into the scriptures that the message came out of. There are two critical steps in good interpretation of the Bible. First, we try to understand what the author meant when he wrote the words and how that would have been applied by the original audience. Second, we then take the principles that the original author was trying to get across to his audience and we apply those principles to our own lives. You may want to read some of these passages yourself and/or have people in your group read them together.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant;
so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
and was saved from every trouble.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.
O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
for those who fear him have no want.
The young lions suffer want and hunger,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Which of you desires life,
and covets many days to enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
and rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord rescues them from them all.
He keeps all their bones;
not one of them will be broken.
Evil brings death to the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence
and blameless when you pass judgment.
Indeed, I was born guilty,
a sinner when my mother conceived me.
You desire truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you have no delight in sacrifice;
if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
then you will delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Clap your hands, all you peoples;
shout to God with loud songs of joy.
For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the king of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm.
God is king over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted.
Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him. I pray therefore that you may not lose heart over my sufferings for you; they are your glory.
“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.”