Conversation Starters: Transformed in My Worship
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: Some people say religion is a private matter, and they keep any hint of faith from public view. Some people make a very public display of their religiosity, especially if it benefits them politically or in their business dealings. Some people may derive a sense of good standing or self-righteousness from publicly practicing their religion, but they miss the point of doing the acts—the spiritual disciplines—presented in scripture. Jesus shows us a better way to worship.
Concept: Transformed in My Worship
LIFE POINT: The Israelite people did not obey God, so God let the Canaanites rule over the Israelites. The Canaanites’ ruler, or leader, was not kind to the Israelites. The Israelite people prayed to God
for help. Deborah was a judge in Israel. She sat under a palm tree and helped people solve their problems. A man named Barak came to Deborah. God had told Deborah that Barak should fight against the Canaanite army. God would help them win. Barak gathered an army of 10,000 men. He asked Deborah to go with him to the battle. Barak led the fight. God helped Barak’s army win the battle. After the battle Deborah and Barak sang a song. They thanked God that they were able to win the battle, even against soldiers who rode in chariots.
LIVE IT OUT: Talk with your child about the word obey and help her understand what it means. Remind
your child when she obeys her parents she is obeying God.
LIFE POINT: Deborah was a judge. God’s people came to her and she listened to them. She made decisions. She helped the people know what to do. One day, Deborah called for Barak. “God wants you to take your army and fight the enemy,” she said. “God will help you win the battle.” Barak was afraid. The enemy had a huge army with 900 chariots! “You must go with me or I won’t go,” said Barak. “I will go,” said Deborah. “God will win this battle for us.” “It is time for battle,” Deborah cried to Barak. “This is the day God has given to you!” God confused the enemy army. He helped the Israelites win the battle!
LIVE IT OUT: How well does your child obey? Help your child list some ways he obeys God. Talk about ways your child could improve. Emphasize that obeying God is one way to worship Him.
Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18
THE POINT: Worship is a daily practice of giving, praying, and fasting. How do the priorities we give our
lives to reflect what we worship? Since God already knows ours needs before we ask, what is the point of
practicing consistent, private prayer? Discuss the following quote:
“Worship is the believer’s response of all that they are – mind, emotions, will, body – to what God is and says and does.” 1 —Oswald Chambers
LIVE IT OUT: Encourage your student to do one or both Live It Out activities. Here are some suggested ways to help your student:
If he or she plans to complete Fast With Focus:
• Help your student determine if God is calling them to give up something for a time, to learn what it means to fast. Continue to help your student develop a plan to seek God’s wisdom through fasting.
If he or she plans to complete the Daily Reading:
• Take time to discuss your student’s scripture readings this week from Matthew 6.
1. Warren W. Wiersbe, Real Worship: Playground, Battleground, or Holy Ground? Second Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2000), 26.