Worshiping God

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Why is it so important that we worship together?
Does it matter to God what we do when we worship?
What happens when believers worship?

Even in this frenetic, media-saturated age, God calls his people to worship. But what is appropriate in worship? What is the biblical pattern? How much variety is allowed?

This study can help your students become thoughtful, active participants in the worshiping community. You will draw their attention to God our Redeemer and the Christ-centered nature of worship. Instead of asking “What do I get out of worship?” challenge your teens to ask “What can I give God in worship?” 2- and 5-week studies (13 sessions in all) Download a free lesson!

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Sessions in this Study

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UNIT 1: The Why of Worship (4 weeks)

Session 1

Q. What happens when believers worship?
A. God meets with his people, and we respond with awe, trust, and thankfulness.

Scripture: Genesis 28:10–22; John 1:51; Matthew 28:20

Session 2

Q. What do God’s visual aids in the Old Testament teach us about worship?
A. They teach us that God lives among his people and provides a way for us to approach him.

Scripture: Exodus 40:16–38; Leviticus 16:15–16, 33–34; 1 Kings 8:27–29; John 1:14

Session 3

Q. How does Jesus fulfill what the Old Testament temple worship represented?
A. Jesus is the true temple, the immortal priest, and the final sacrifice for sin.

Scripture: Hebrews 4–5, 7, 10; John 1:1–2, 14; John 2:11, 18–22; Matthew 17:1–7; Colossians 2:9; 2 Chronicles 6:18; Exodus 33:18–23

Session 4

Q. Why is it so important that we worship together?
A. Because God calls us to it, promises his presence, and lets us worship with the angels and saints in heaven.

Scripture: Hebrews 10:19–25; 12:22–24; John 2:18–22; 1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; Ephesians 2:19–22

UNIT 2: The How and What of Worship (2 weeks)

Session 5

Q. Does it matter how we worship?
A. Yes, Jesus said we must worship in spirit and truth.

Scripture: John 4:1–26; John 2:18–22; John 7:37–39; 14:6, 16–17, 26; Philippians 3:3

Session 6

Q. Does it matter to God what we do when we worship?
A. Yes, God tells us in his Word what to do and not to do in worship.

Scripture: Exodus 20:1–20; 1 Timothy 2:1; 4:13; Colossians 3:16; Matthew 28:19; Acts 20:7

UNIT 3: The Elements of Worship (5 weeks) 

Session 7

Q. Why do we have a sermon every Sunday?
A. Because God uses preaching to proclaim who he is and what he has done to redeem us, and to increase our faith in Christ.

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:23–25; Romans 10:11–17; Acts 20:25–32; Nehemiah 8:1–3, 8–10; 9:1–3; Luke 4:16–22, 28;
Acts 17:1–5

Session 8

Q. Why do we baptize?
A. Because Jesus gave baptism to his church to mark his people with the sign and seal of the covenant of grace.

Scripture: Selected passages

Session 9

Q. Why do we celebrate the Lord’s Supper?
A. Because Christ commanded us to celebrate this sacrament together with other believers to remember his death and receive spiritual nourishment.

Scripture: Exodus 12:21–27; Matthew 11:27–28; 26:17–29; 1 Corinthians 10:16–17; 11:17–29

Session 10

Q. What is the importance of prayer in public worship?
A. God ordained prayer in worship so that his people may communicate with him and receive his grace.

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 29:1–20; Daniel 9:1–19; Matthew 6:5–13

Session 11

Q. Why do we sing in worship?
A. We sing in worship to praise God and to teach and build up one another.

Scripture: Ephesians 5:15–21; Colossians 3:16; Psalms 1, 13, 100; Philippians 2:6–11; Colossians 1:15–20; 1 Timothy 3:16

UNIT 4: The Sacrifices of Worship (2 weeks)

Session 12

Q. What’s the role of sacrifice in worship today?
A. We worship God through the sacrifice of Christ, offering all that we are, do, and have as spiritual sacrifices to him.

Scripture: Hebrews 10:1–4, 11–14; 1 Peter 2:4–5; Romans 12:1; Hebrews 13:15–16; Philippians 4:14–20

Session 13

Q. Can we do anything to make our worship better?
A. Yes, we can improve our worship of God through preparation.

Scripture:Psalms 15:1–5; 24:3–6; Exodus 20:8–11; Matthew 5:23–24; Hebrews 10:19–22; Nehemiah 8:1–3; 1 Corinthians 11:27–29

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2 Responses to Worshiping God
  1. Randee Sims
    February 18, 2014 | 10:54 am

    I love that this challenges my junior high girls to dig deeper and think. I love that it is simply teaching from God’s Word. They love the material and feel challenged. (I’ve asked them several times.) The studies were clearly explained and I could choose the best one for my girls. Thanks for a great study!

    • So What? Studies
      February 18, 2014 | 10:55 am

      What wonderful feedback! Thank you for your commitment to and leading of your girls. We are encouraged that So What? can be used with junior high students as well.

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