Not Going Back - Worship Rises
Working with all diligence for God requires that...
"Let it be done with all diligence": Attributing worth to God in all my work
...when I hear the Word (5:1-2)
...I get right to work (5:3-4)
...seeing his favour on what I'm doing (5:5)
...and remaining humble about what's being accomplished (5:6-612)
Small Group Curriculum
1. Todd mentioned that our whole
lives are worship. Hopefully it’s
to Jesus… but on this side of eternity we all have idols we’re tangling
with. Identify some of yours – and
how you can tear them down this week.
2. Read Ezra 5:1-2. We see here that the people accepted
the message from God that was taught to them. The reality is that whenever we crack open our Bibles we are
staring directly into the face of God.
Is that the sense you get as you read? Why or why not?
What are your motives for reading the Bible? We heard Sunday that we should read the Bible so as to
‘consider our ways.’ What things
do you need to consider this week as you’ve heard the Word preached and get
into it on your own?
3. Read Ezra 5:3-5. The people get right to work rebuilding
the temple. We’ve probably all
heard that God wants us in the game – serving and living for him – not just
coasting through a life of mediocricy.
What is that ‘something’ that you need to get to work on in your life so
you can be an effective worshipper?
4. Read Ezra 5:5. Pastor Todd mentioned that ‘the eye of God’ on
us could be a comforting thing or uncomfortable thing. As you assess your own life, does God’s
eye on you a welcome thing or something you want to run from (Adam and Eve in
the garden)? How can you get to
the place where you want nothing less than God’s watchful eye on your
life? How can your small group
help make this happen effectively in each others lives?
5. Read Ezra 5:6-6:12. The humility in the Jew’s response is
pretty inspiring. What does their
humility say about what their identity is wrapped up in? It’s also interesting to note that
humility doesn’t mean a lack of confidence. What does confidence wrapped in a deep humility look like
for you? For us as a small
group? For us as a church? How does Ephesians 3:20 encourage you
as you seek to live your life with all diligence?
three obstacles in the face of obedience to the Word mentioned Sunday were
ignorance, discouragement and rebellion.
How do we counteract those in our lives?