Real Worship


Psalm 40:1-4

I waited [a]patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the [b]miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.

How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,
And has not [c]turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.

Here is a handout for our bible study discussion on the topic of “Real Worship.”  This is not an exhaustive analysis, but a biblical demonstration and examination of real worship.  I pray that my attempt blesses your personal/group concept as found in Psalm 40:1-4.

Real Worship Outline

Show and Tell

Impact Question (IQ): How valuable is Christ to share with those we love?

make-disciplesMatthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,…

Christmas seems to be a lot about showing and telling those we know that we love them.  Commercialization has even been able to put a value on items to tangibilize our worth of others.  My question is how valuable is Christ to share with those we love?  He is a gift that keeps on giving.  Not only in our lives, but actively in the lives of those who follow Him.  His position and posture in life reflects an ordered and submitted sacrifice which proves to gain more than imagined.  Christ offers more than possession but paradise.  We introduce a number of things to each other.  Be sure to introduce people to Jesus.

  1.  Examples are better shown than told.
  2. Doing requires continual action rather than passive delegation.
  3. Discipleship can’t afford time off.  It’s too expensive.
  4. Discipleship is an option, but we are commanded to at least give people the choice.


Great News


Psalms 48

1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain.3 God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold. 4 For, lo, the kings assembled themselves, They passed by together. 5 They saw it, then they were amazed; They were terrified, they fled in alarm.  10 As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. 13 Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation. 14 For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.



The author informs the reader that the Lord is great. (1a)

The author informs the reader that the Lord is greatly to be praised. (1b)

The author informs the reader that city is God’s. (1c)

The author informs the reader that God is known as a stronghold. (3a)

The author informs the reader that kings were terrified and fled. (5a)

The author informs the reader that God’s name and praise is to the ends of the earth. (10a)

The author informs the reader that God’s ramparts and palaces should be shared with the next   generation. (13a)

The author informs the reader that our God is forever and ever. (14a)

The author informs the reader that God will guide us until death. (14b)



In the text, one can see that the we have reason to praise God greatly as He is and will provide protection for his church and His people. God is known as a fortress of protection around those who He loves and loves him.  Our enemies and the attacks of the enemy are no match for our God.  God and His praise will last forever.  Due to the security and protection that God provides, the church has reason to be joyful and continue to spread this for generations to come.  God will not only protect us, but he will guide us.  Now that’s great news!


Living Word Op(portunity):

  1. How might we become defenseless against the enemy’s attack?  What habits can we engage to be fully armored?
  2. How might knowing the reputation of God as a stronghold change our approach to taking battles into our own hands?
  3. What are practical ways to include God in the lives of the next generation?
  4. Has God guided you in decision-making?  If so, how so?  If not, why not?

Follow the Leader


1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.


Paul informs the church at Corinth to follow his example. (1a)

Paul informs the church at Corinth that he follows an example. (1b)

Paul informs the church at Corinth that he follows the example of Christ. (1c)


The qualities of Jesus Christ which set an example for believers is as follows:

Self-denial Php 2:4-5, Mt 10:38; Mt 16:24 pp Mk 8:34 ppLk 9:23; Lk 14:27; Heb 12:2

Endurance of suffering 1Pe 2:21-23Mt 10:24-25; Jn 15:20; 1Th 2:14-15; Heb 12:3

Service Mt 20:25-28 pp Mk 10:42-45; Jn 13:13-17

Faithfulness Heb 3:1-2

Love Eph 5:1-2,25; 1Jn 3:16

Patience 1Ti 1:16

Forgiveness of others Eph 4:32; Col 3:13

Gentleness and humility Mt 11:29

Purity 1Jn 3:3

Prayer Lk 11:1

Paul set an example in the way in which he pastorally led the church, but only did so because of the perfect example shown before him through the life and practice of Jesus Christ.

Living Word Op(portunity):

  1. Who are you following?
  2. Do you believe that in order to lead you must first follow?  Why or why not?
  3. Who are you leading, and where are you taking them with your example?
  4. What do your choices have to say about your leader?