On Sunday we began a new sermon series considering what Scripture teaches about worship. Over the summer we will learn from Moses, David, and Paul, but this first Sunday we began by hearing what Moses said about God’s pattern for worship at Sinai.
While our worship is not at Mount Sinai, but Mount Zion (Hebrews 12:22–24), the pattern of worship revealed to Israel teaches us about the worship God desires for those who have been saved by Christ. From the revealed worship at Sinai, we begin to see what God has in store for his church.
This week’s sermon considers this “revealed worship” and what it means for us today. You can listen online. Below are response questions and additional resources for studying what Scripture says about worship.
- When it comes to worship, what has been most influential in our understanding—a particular passage or Bible study? A book or teacher? The songs / song leaders you listen to? A church tradition? Or something else?
- What is the relationship of God’s people to the Word? (vv. 1-2)
- What do you understand about the significance of God’s judgment at Baal-peor? (vv. 3-4)
- How does the place of God’s Word define the people of Israel? How does obedience to the Word impact the people of Israel’s relationships with their neighbors? (vv. 6-8)
- What is so unique about God’s revelation to His people? (vv. 7-8)
- What does Moses warn against? How might you guard against these tendencies? (v. 9)
- How does the Word unite the God’s at the present and across time? (vv. 9-14)
- Why did God gather His people at Sinai? Why does He gather them today?
- How does this passage remind us of the importance of the word for worship? What are ways we can grow in being “biblical” in our worship?
Books on Worship
* Books listed from shorter and easier to longer and more technical.
- Sing: How Worship Transforms your Life, Family and Church by Keith and Kristyn Getty
- Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin
- Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell
- Worship by the Book edited by D. A. Carson
- Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship by David Peterson
- For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship by Daniel Block
- Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past and the Present by Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey
Articles on Worship
** We will add more as this series continues.
- Worship By the Book: Or, Why Sincerity Is Insufficient for True Worship
- Ten Things About Deuteronomy 4:1–14
Soli Deo Gloria, ds