The Harmony of Comfort and Affliction

Inspired by the discussion of “when we worship,” this week we’ll learn why we worship God in affliction, trouble, or hardships.  Reasons to worship God during the “good times” are often in abundance, but is there an equal abundance of reasons to worship God in the “bad times?”

Read 2 Corinthians 11:23-28, 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, and 2 Corinthians 4:17.

  1. What kind of afflictions [difficult circumstances] did Paul experience throughout his life and ministry?
  2. What was the purpose of these afflictions?
  3. Was Paul comforted by God? How?
  4. Did Paul worship God while he experienced affliction?
  5. What were Paul’s reasons for worshipping God during affliction?

When Do We Worship?

When do we worship? We defined “what” worship is, and we learned “how” to worship, but “when” does worship take place? Is worship only possible on Sunday mornings with music? Or can we worship through daily life?

Read Roman 12:1 and 1 Corinthians 10:31.

  1. Based on these verses, can worship occur throughout the week?
  2. Is worship only limited to “church” activities?
  3. What do you think “living sacrifice” from Romans 12:1, and “do it all” from 1 Corinthians 10:31 mean?

How Do We Worship?

The worship of God is essentially the expression of grateful and affectionate praise after experiencing the greatness of God’s nature [who He is] and promises [what He does].  Now that we know the “what” of worship, we need to determine the “how” of worship.

Read Psalm 95:1-2, Psalm 103:1, and John 4:23-24.

  1. According to these passages of Scripture, how do we worship?
  2. Is worship only an external expression?
  3. What do you think Jesus means when He says, “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth?”

What is Worship?

If I asked you to define worship, how would you respond?  During the next few weeks we will define worship by answering the questions:

  1. “What is worship?”
  2. “How do we worship?”
  3. “When do we worship?”

But before answering the “how” and “when,” we need to identify the correct object of Christian worship.

Read John 4:23-24, Acts 14:15, and Acts 17:22-27:

What is the true object of Christian worship?

Now read Psalm 95:1-6, Psalm 150:1-2, and Isaiah 12:5:

According to these passages of Scripture, we worship God for two reasons. What are they?