SERIES: Raise Your Voice: Speaking Vertically in a Volume-obsessed World
SERMON: Send Us | I Kings 8:54-61
TEACHER: Dave Hook, Pastor of Worship Arts
In this five-week sermon series, RAISE YOUR VOICE: Speaking Vertically in a Volume-obsessed World, we have been working through various Scriptures which have focused on different aspects of prayer. This message is from 1st Kings 8 and is the last message in this series.
Following is a guide that will help you and your family engage in this time of worship during, following and in the week to come. We are glad you have joined us on the journey!
In his message, Pastor Dave will refer to this photo. If you would like more info, you can follow the link to learn more about this story and relation to his message. This photo is from an article that first appeared on www.ChristianityToday.com on September 23, 2016. Used by permission of Christianity Today, Carol Stream, IL 60188.
Let’s start by worshiping the Lord together. See the On-Campus lyrics tab below, or CLICK HERE for a printable file (PDF) of the worship lyrics. Or follow along on-screen with us if you’re worshiping with us online.
As we conclude our service, consider these questions:
Reflect: Take a moment to think about what from the passage and message impacted you most.
Share: What verses or points made an impact on you today and why?
Pray: Have one person pray a blessing over the group.
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Keep Growing …
In light of this weekend’s sermon, following are some ways that we can continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus both personally and in connection with others. (To join or lead a Life Group, or to access leader’s notes, visit here: Life Groups Online.)
Discuss: Life Group Questions
1. Do you have a Pandemic Obsession? What is it and why is it so attractive to you right now?
2. Read 1 Kings 8:54-61. What stands out to you about this blessing? What stands out to you from this blessing? How do you think you would have reacted had you been in that crowd as Solomon spoke these words? Why? Is it easy for you to receive blessings from others? Why? Is it easy for you to give them? Why?
3. There were a number of very practical suggestions provided for how to apply this message. Which one(s) will you put in play in your life this week? How can your group pray for you?
Using the practice of Lectio Divina, meditate on Hebrews 13:20-21.
Ephesians 1:3 – “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
– Book of Common Prayer
This week, we’d encourage you to focus on praying for others in intercessory prayer. Pray for God’s favor and goodness among those that God brings to your mind this week. Write a list of people to pray for today in your community and pray for them throughout the week.
The phrase “blessed are” occurs 32 times in the New Testament (ESV). Using this link (https://bit.ly/32Zj08s), do a study to see what you can learn about when and how the phrase is used. Then prayerfully consider how you might apply this in your own life.
Or access our daily devotional guide, The Daily Fill.
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