Alternate Worship Experience

Celebratory “Seek & save what was lost”

Read Luke 19:1-10 together. Consider verse 10 as you answer these questions.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

  1. What does this say about the identity of God?

  2. How has Christ finding you changed who you are?

  3. How does knowing that Jesus sought you out change how you think about your value?

  4. How should we think about our role in this world as a result of knowing God is like this?

Lament “His steadfast love lasts forever”

Read Psalm 136 together in both The Message and NRSV translations. Consider verse 1 as you answer these questions.

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”

  1. This is hard to believe, much less experience.  How does this separation we feel from God’s love and concern for us play out in how we try to base our identity on imperfect love from the world around us?

  2. While it may be hard to believe, it is a reality that God actually does care about us, it is simply because of his identity as Father and our identity as sons and daughters.  Like most realities, sometimes you can get hit over the head with it when something happens that opens your eyes. Imagine the sorrow (from not fully believing) AND the excitement you will feel when you know for sure for the first time that God actually does care about you (i.e, seeing God face to face in Heaven).  Journal your thoughts about this.

  3. Now try to imagine the pain people have that know nothing about God’s love.  At least we can fall back on the idea, if not the full experience. They cannot.  Cry out aloud to God in prayer that he equip us to share his love with others who have never heard, much less experienced God’s love and concern. 

Exploratory “So you must love one another” 

Read John 13:34 - “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

  1. Jesus says, "do to others what you would have them do to you", but Confucius said long before that, “don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want them to do to you.” What’s the difference?

  2. Jesus is love.  It is his identity. Do you really think he was the perfect example of loving others?  Prove it one way or the other.

  3. If love is how we as Christians should be identified, Why do so many Christians come across us unloving?  How do we avoid this?

Song “The Glory of God gives it light”

Read Revelation 21:22-27

Think through what is being said here:

Read v.22-23 No need to be impressed by buildings when you know the builder himself, No need to be impressed with nature when you know the creator himself. The creation and creator will no longer be separated in Heaven.

Take time between these songs to answer what these songs suggest about our identity before God.

  1. Sing Here I am to Worship

  2. Sing Immortal, Invisible

  3. Read v.24-27 The best God has established in the nations will be preserved.  No fighting, no wars of any kind. No evil, no dishonesty, only the truth of Christ will reign.  Our various identities a part from God are in competition, one race versus another, one nation against another, one party hating another.  Our identity in Christ unites not divides us. 

  4. Read Psalm 46 and sing Psalm 46 by Shane & Shane

  5. Sing You Said