Listen. The gospel, the good news about Jesus, says that if we put our faith in Jesus, then we are his chosen and beloved people. Paul encourages us to live life as people who truly are chosen and beloved by God. This life includes a number of practices. One of these practices is community worship, which Paul describes in Colossians 3:15-17.
Paul describes community worship as:
- We gather peacefully with our brother and sister disciples because we belong to the body of Christ.
- We hear the word of God and encourage each other to practice what it teaches and to share it with others.
- We sing praises to God out of gratitude for what he has done for us through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
- Worship is more than singing, it is anything we do that tells the world how great God is. Everything that the church does is worship and is motivated by thankfulness to Jesus.
Discussion. What role does community worship play in your life? How often do you practice it? Think about how you can get more out of community worship when you do attend. How can you prepare yourself practice community worship with a peaceful heart that is appreciative of the community of disciples you belong to, thankful for Jesus and ready to worship him (not only through singing but with your life), and open to hearing God’s word and making it a part of your life and helping others do the same?
Set Goals. Make a plan to make community worship a regular part of your life. How will you come to church with a heart of peace and gratitude? How will you take what you learn at church from the word of God and make it a part of your life? How will you worship God with your life? Who will you invite to share in community worship?
- Listen to God. Sit silently in his presence; listen for his voice, submit yourself to his will for the day.
- Respond to God. Pray through the outline of the Lord’s Prayer: worship, surrender, daily needs, forgiveness, and protection.
- Bible Reading. Read the Bible as a disciple, listening to what God has to say, responding with obedience, repentance, worship, and trust, and sharing with others what you are learning.
- Praying for your five. Pray for five people in your life that God will work through the circumstances of their life so that they are open to follow Jesus. Pray for opportunities to invite them to follow Jesus with you.
- Prayer with others. Pray with spouse, family, and others.
- Discipling Friendships. Cultivate friendships with others for the purpose of following Jesus together.
- Community Worship. Join with fellow believers to receive the Gospel through the Word and communion and respond with worship and prayer.
- Participate in trainings that develop your gifts and deepen your walk as a disciple of Jesus.
- Give your time, money, and talent. Give what God has entrusted to you to love your neighbor, make disciples, and strengthen the church.
- Sabbath. Take a twenty-four hour break, where you cease from all paid and unpaid work. Connect with God, family, and friends. Rest. Play. Enjoy activities that recharge you.