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Small Group Lesson


On This week, let’s once again focus on God’s word as we review the sermon, and adapt our daily lives to fulfill God’s mission.


God’s Word

Everyone Worships Something

In the sermon we were told that “everyone worships something.”

[Question] Do you agree with the claim, “Everyone worships something”? Do you disagree? Why?

[Question] What do you worship (i.e. something that you can’t live without)?
Examples: money; the weekend and the end of work/school; entertainment; sex; social standing; life and success in work/studies; fashion, beauty, and appearance; the attention of others (unable to be alone); feeling better than someone else in some way; things which are generally good (family, education, music, art); food; alcohol; personal time; freedom from others or society.

{Prayer} Pray that by the end of this lesson our spiritual eyes would be opened to understand what it means to worship God.


Paul and Worshipping God

At Mustard Seed Christian Church - Osaka, we’ve been going through a series on Romans since April. As Paul reaches the end of chapter 11, he thinks about what he’s written on the magnificence of God from chapter 1, and he worships God in this way (Romans 11:33-36):

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
    or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
    that he might be repaid?”

36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

[Question] Looking back on the Romans series, is there anything which personally left an impression on you? Did that have any kind of effect on your daily life? How so?

{Prayer} Like Paul, let’s pray and worship God for his magnificence which he has graciously shown us.


Spiritual Worship

Jesus bore our sins on the cross. He is the mercy of God, planned for our salvation, and full of love. On the basis of this mercy of God, Paul appeals to those who believe in Jesus in this way (Romans 12:1):

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

[Question] What do you think it means “to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God”?

In the sermon, we learned that to give your body is to “give action”. Below are some examples of spiritual worship.
  • Worship God by being strengthened in faith every Sunday with the church
  • Worship God by not giving in when tempted in many ways
  • Worship God by offering to reconcile with a brother or sister in the church who you had been unable to forgive before
  • Worship God by going to God when you feel the temptation to deal with your problems and stress through other things (like shopping, TV, food, or alcohol) seeking his comfort instead.
[Question] In what area of your daily life do you want to “give action” to God by worshipping him spiritually?

{Prayer} With the faith God has given you, pray to be able to put spiritual worship at the center of your life.


God’s Mission

[Question] If what you learned in this lesson has affected your daily life, what kind of impact would it have on the non-Christian family members, friends, and coworkers around you? Discuss together.

[Question] Of the people who aren’t Christians, who would you like to have a better understanding of the church? Who could you listen to the church message with? What church event (e.g. Eikaiwa Club, The Case for Christ Discussion Group, First Steps) could they possibly participate in?

{Prayer} Pray that God gives each one of us courage, wisdom, and opportunities to influence others for Christ in our daily life. Pray that he guides the people around us who aren’t Christians.


Other Prayer Requests:

How can we pray for you? 

Pray together about God’s Mission and other requests and thanksgivings.