Personal Worship
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In a previous post I commented on three types of worship, including personal worship, and some have asked me to expand on the latter. Personal worship has come under some scrutiny recently with the rise in interest in “spiritual formation.”  The topic is quite relevant to the lesson on Conformity, Compromise and Crisis in Worship because it touches on the issues of conformity and compromise. Rather than criticize the compromise, let me emphasize those aspects of personal worship that I think [...]

08: Distractions from Worship – Discussion Questions
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The Marshes had just moved to town and were exploring ideas for church attendance. The church they thought they liked best was an hour and a half drive away and overlooked a small valley of evergreen trees. It was small but beautiful, and the people seemed friendly.

The closest church was a bigger and older building, but neither Al nor Susan felt comfortable there.

“Too much show-off,” Susan said. “Too many distracting slides on the screen.”

“I agree,” Al said.  “And too much [...]

What Are We Compromising?
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Before we take this week’s lesson title (Conformity, Compromise and Crisis in Worship) as an excuse to proscribe forms of worship that we do not like, we need to consider worship in its wider context. There are three aspects of worship (Yes I am well aware that my classification is not the only one but this one helps me)

Personal worship: this is the time that we spend by ourselves in prayer, study and meditation
Community worship: this is the time that [...]

08: Conformity, Compromise, and Crisis – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Compromise between our own inclinations and God’s direction can lead to false worship, but we are to call and be called to repentance, obedience, and worship of the one true God.

1. Have a volunteer read I Kings 11:1-4.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. What harm is there in having romantic interaction with others who are not committed members of the SDA church?

C. Personal Application: Has having [...]

07: Worship In the Psalms – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought:  The Psalms give voice to the heart cries of seekers after God in a living dialogue of pleas, assurance, blessing, praise, and celebration.  

1.     Have a volunteer read Psalm 73:12-17.

A.  Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B.   What knowledge of the sanctuary did David understand that clarified his knowledge of the rich and powerful who didn’t follow after God?

C.      [...]

06: Worship and Song and Praise – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought:  Song is an important medium whereby we express our contrition and need, recount God’s goodness, and offer Him glory and praise.

1.     Have a volunteer read I Chronicles 16:7-12.

A.    Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B.   Why is it important to remember God’s works, wonders, and judgments in worship?
C.     Personal Application:  How can these ideas be reflected in our corporate worship of the Lord?
D.   Case Study :  [...]

06: Majesty and praise in worship – Discussion Starters
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Make Your Own Music

The psalmist David loved music. Maybe he played the drum or blew on a horn. Or maybe he sang in a sweet tenor voice. The Bible doesn’t tell us. But the Bible tells us clearly that David played a harp.

David learned to express his deepest feelings in music. Have you ever tried to do that? Here are some tips that might get you started writing your own songs of praise.

1. Start with the words. Choose a verse [...]

05: Lesson Questions by JG
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The following questions may be helpful to you in presenting the lesson to a class, at home, or alone. They are provided with the hope that they stir you to think and pray and not just react. Each set of questions corresponds to a section of the SSNET Lesson Guide, for this week Lesson 5.

1. Leading thought. Do you express joy when you’re attending a worship service? Do you arrive at the church where you worship feeling genuinely happy regardless [...]

Was that funny?
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“I liked that joke the pastor told in the sermon this morning,” Rolly said during lunch at home after the church service. “Didn’t you?” He shot a look at his dad and then his mom.

“Joke?” repeated Dad. “I didn’t hear a joke.”

“Honey, you were late getting to the sanctuary today,” Rolly’s mom said. “You had to go home and change your shoes because the heel of one of your new shoes fell off.”

Rolly laughed. “That’s funny,” he said.

“I don’t think [...]

Rosalie Zinke – Worship Lesson Author
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Rosalie H Zinke, the lesson author of Worship, the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide for the third quarter of 2011, previously authored Sabbath School lessons for the fourth quarter 1983 entitled Songs of Experience and the first quarter 1991, called Crisis, Change and Challenge on the book of Samuel. (You will find the author listed as “Rosalie Haffner Lee.”) The Review and Herald published two books by her (as Rosalie Haffner Lee). Let Me Tell You About My God: [...]