Worship is both a personal and group activity
All Christians can worship God individually and personally.
1 Peter 2:5 – You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
This is often called the universal priesthood of all believers.
Christians worship individually in their hearts
a. Alone 独自地
Matthew 26:36 – Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
马太福音26:36 – “耶稣同门徒来到一个地方，名叫客西马尼，就对他们说：‘你们坐在这里，等我到那边去祷告’。”
Our every breath should be prayer and praise
1 Corinthians 10:31 – So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
But we also are moved to worship God for special blessings
Genesis 24:48 – And I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has led me to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother [as a husband] for his son.
Christians also worship in groups (as the Church)
a. As part of our fellowship – 成为团契的一员。
Acts 2:46 – Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.
使徒行传2:46 — “他们天天同心合意恒切地在殿里，且在家中擘饼，存着欢喜、诚实的心用饭。”
b. To encourage each other – 当互相勉励，彼此扶持。
Hebrews 10:25 – Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another– and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
c. As a witness and proclamation to others 向别人做见证。
Psalm 102:21-22 – So the name of the LORD will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the LORD.
Christ is with us in group worship.
a. Jesus says so– 耶稣这样说：
Matthew 18:20 – For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
b. Group worship is a natural expression of faith -
Psalm 102:22 – ….when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the LORD.
The Christian family has a special opportunity to grow and worship together.
Exodus 12:25-27 When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD….”
2 Timothy 3:15 – And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Discussion Questions 问题讨论
What are some ways Christians might worship individually today?
Besides our Sunday services, what ways might Christians jointly worship today?
Are there ways that you worship individually while taking part in a Sunday service?
According to Acts 2:46, what joint activities went along with joint worship?
If we all can worship God individually, why do we need to meet together?
If all Christians can worship God individually, why do we need pastors?
There is a saying, “The family that prays together, stays together.” Does the Bible agree with this? List several different ways that a family can pray together.
“Give some examples from the Bible of individual worship and prayer and public worship in the temple.”