Q & A: Drawing Near to God in Music

This Q & A is for the message presented on April 21, 2013 and posted April 22, 2013.  The insert is provided first, then considerations for suggestions to the questions for the “Message Based Discussion Questions.”  The purpose of this is to help with the thinking process as there is far more than could be stated and the application questions answers could be doubled in size easily.

Drawing Near to God in Music
Hebrews 10:19-25
(April 21, 2013)
 

Exodus 3:13-14; 1 Peter 1:15-16

How then should you worship?

1)      Enter boldly to worship God Heb. 10:19-21

·         2 Sam. 6:3-8
·         Heb. 7:25

2)      Draw near with full assurance of faith Heb. 10:22

·         Draw near (cf. Heb. 4:16; 7:25; 10:1, 22; 11:6; 12:22)
·         Ps. 100:2;  Heb. 12:18-22, 25-29
·         Hab. 1:13; Is. 6:5
·         Phil. 3:19
·         Heb. 11:1; 12:18-19

3)      Let Us draw near to God Heb. 10:22-25

·         Let us (cf. Heb. 4:1,11,14, 16; 6:1; 10:22,23,24; 12:1, 28; 13:13,15)

Draw Near to Jesus and you’ll worship God in music!
 

Message Based Discussion Questions

1)      What kind of music did your church (home) have when you were growing up?
Digging Deeper:
2)      Read Isaiah 6:1-8. What does Isaiah see? ___________________ How does his response teach us to respond to God in worship?  How do you relate Hebrews 10:19-25 to Isaiah 6:1-8?
3)      What are six attributes of God? ________________; ______________; ________________; __________________; _________________; ________________  How do those relate to how we worship Jesus according to Phil. 2:9-11?
4)      Who is the main subject of Romans 11:33-36?  ___________________ How does your understanding of this passage affect how you should worship God?
Making application of the message to life:
5)      What can you do to prepare during the week to draw near to God on the weekend service?
6)      How can you help others draw near to God and experience His presence?
7)      What kind of assurance should people have when they leave a worship service at Grace?

 

Message Based Discussion Questions 

1)      What kind of music did your church (home) have when you were growing up?

a)      Traditional hymns with a big pipe organ.  The youth used a guitar for some of the songs, especially while camping.

b)      The music in the home was very traditional, conservative, Big Band and some pop music.
 

Digging Deeper:
 

2)      Read Isaiah 6:1-8. What does Isaiah see? _The linen train of glory of Jesus Christ filling heaven___ How does his response teach us to respond to God in worship?  How do you relate Hebrews 10:19-25 to Isaiah 6:1-8?

a)      We should be in such awe of God, that we are humbled and recognize our sinful self. We should also accept that we have been purchased, so we can be considered as messengers of the Most High.  Therefore, we should be humble messengers desiring to tell others how great and awesome our God is.

b)      Isaiah expresses the holiness of God and how unworthy we are to be in His presence, while Hebrews tells us to draw near to God with full assurance of faith.  The tension needs to be there so our flesh does not become prideful, but also that I’ll enter into His presence to honor all that He has done for me.
 

3)      What are six attributes of God? _Love_; __Holiness__; _Justice_; _Truth_; ___Unchangeable__; __All-powerful__  How do those relate to how we worship Jesus according to Phil. 2:9-11?

a)      Love – I can’t help but bow my knee and confess His as Lord because of His love.

b)      Holiness – There is no one else with whom I would bow my knee or confess with my tongue, because He alone is holy.

c)      Justice – all that He does is just, therefore I would bow my knee and confess that He is Lord.  No matter what happens to me, I know He will right all things and I can praise Him.  He is Just.

d)     Truth – Everything I need to know about Him is found in His Word and therefore I would bow my knee and confess with my tongue that He is Lord.

e)      Unchangeable – He never changes, even though I do and I can trust that He will do what is right and can bow my knee and confess with my tongue at any moment and every moment.

f)       All-powerful – I will bow my knee in the fear of the Lord, for He is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that I can ask or think.
 

4)      Who is the main subject of Romans 11:33-36?  __God, who knows all things and is able_ How does your understanding of this passage affect how you should worship God?

a)      His understanding is beyond my understanding, and I will worship Him.

b)      I can be so amazed at His glory and infinite wisdom, that I can passionately express my love and adoration of who and what He is and does!

c)      Peter calls it joy inexpressible (1 Pet. 1:8).
 

Making application of the message to life: 

5)      What can you do to prepare during the week to draw near to God on the weekend service?

a)      Begin on Monday to consider how to approach Him corporately with the rest of the Body at church.

b)      Find out what subject will be preached on so you can read the passage and meditate on it.

c)      Read the passage as a family to prepare the family to hear the message.

d)     Get a good night sleep on Saturday, so you will be alert and refreshed to gather and worship Him.

e)      Put out your clothes so you don’t have to spend much time making decisions on Sunday morning.

f)       Go into church early and join the prayer meeting.

g)      Join the Welcome Team and welcome people to church. 

h)      Get into the service five minutes early, so you can quiet your heart and be ready to express worship and receiving God’s Word.
 

6)      How can you help others draw near to God and experience His presence?

a)      Do the things from above.

b)      Welcome people to church.

c)      Invite neighbors to come to service.

d)     Ask the upper room people or pastoral staff if there is anything that can be done to help in support of the morning.

e)      Be in service five minutes early as an example to others.

f)       Be dressed and have body language that you’re excited to be at church waiting for God to receive your worship.

g)      Encourage young parents with help to get their children in the door and to their classes.

h)      Teach in the children’s ministry, so young parents can be refreshed in the service.

i)        Talk to others about what God made you think about regarding the message.

j)        Help others see how you are drawing near to God and the intimacy you enjoy with God.
 

7)      What kind of assurance should people have when they leave a worship service at Grace?

a)      That the service was true to God’s Word.

b)      That the truth was proclaimed.

c)      That they had an opportunity to gather with the rest of the Body to worship God.

d)     That they can leave knowing they can return to rejoin the Body next week.

e)      That they can leave knowing they can put into application what they learned.

f)       That the body gathered to worship God, not have their ears tickled.

g)      That the Spirit is moving to create unity in the body.

h)      That the worship service is the place to be.

 

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