Worship preparation February 2, 2020:


1.  This is Amazing Grace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFRjr_x-yxU

2.  Man of Sorrows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u7Ayhsj18c

3.  Build my Life:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYMjO9mL0Tw

4.  Take my life and let it be:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2zt7PzHPqk

John Fain, missionary to Thailand, will be our special speaker for Movement 2020.

Excerpt from FACEDOWN, by Matt Redman, 2004:

Worship always begins with God. ... Without true glimpses of God we will invariably try to shrink Him down to

our own size rather than allow even the tiniest peek of His infinite glory to stretch our mind and soul upward

as we try to fathom His.  That's why worship without revelation is so lackluster, dull and void of the awesome

wonder that belongs to God alone -- the kind of nearsighted worship we can comfortably offer standing up or

sitting down. But when our eyes are opened to drink in His matchless beauty, we are intrinsically drawn face-

down to the ground -- that place of worship where we are both secure and somewhat afraid, in love and in

awe, bowed low yet somehow lifted high. ...  (Louie Giglio)

1. How would you characterize the way you enter the Lord’s presence when you worship? 

Identify some of the ways in which you've shrunk “God down to your own size rather than allow even the

tiniest peak of His infinite glory to stretch your mind and soul upward as you try to fathom His?"

2. The teaching today focused on the Greatness, Goodness, Glory, and Grace of God as described in Psalm

145. What other attributes or characteristics of God do you see described in this psalm?

3. Identify some specific ways {events, relationships, realities) that God has pursued you along your

"journey" with Him, recognizing He does so through a variety of means? How has His pursuit of you

challenged your view of God or shattered some of the conceptual boxes you may have placed Him in?

How might a deeper understanding of this dimension of His character affect your worship?

4. Read Isaiah 40:8-31, and reflect on the three main questions Isaiah puts to the children of Israel rebuking

their unbelief. In which of these areas might you also struggle with unbelief, and how might you

overcome those struggles?

5. As we present the Triune God to the peoples around us, what are some concrete ways we might guard

against our human tendency to “shrink God down to our size?”

February 2, 2020 sermon