5 W’s or Praise-Merge Recap

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Sunday night it was great to be back at Merge! Because of our January schedule with various trips and last week being the Super Bowl, we’ve had a series of stops and starts. We are back on track now for the several weeks.

We have a special guest with us last night. Josh Dry, our worship leader at our modern service (Worship East), was with us to play a couple of songs and talk with about how we worship. In keeping with the theme, I spoke about the 5 W’s of praise. I was a good night as we talked about worship, shared in worship, and looked forward to worshipping as the student ministry at Disciple Now in a few weeks.

We are very familiar with the 5 W’s, Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Using this framework we get a very clear picture about praising or worship God.

For the Who? We looked at Hebrews 13:8 and talked about how in a world where nothing stays the same our God and His love are constant!

With What? we went to Luke 1:68 and talked about Christ coming and dying for our sin and raising again conquering death.

For When? we talked about when should we worship. We looked at Hebrews 13:15 and talked about we need to get a proper mindset if we are going to have a constant attitude of praise.

With Where? we look at the early Church from Acts 2 and how they met in formal and non-formal settings and how we should do that as well. We talked about the need to for personal worship was well as private. One of the things we celebrated was that our God is everywhere and we aren’t tied to one specific place to worship Him.

We landed on Why? One of of the most important questions. Why should we worship? Revelation 5:12 provides our answer. God is worthy of our praise. My definition of worship is praising God for who He is and what He has done. He is our Creator, our provider and He is one who who died in our place, bringing us back to God. This is why He is worthy!

Last night was a great night was we focused on worship.

How do you encourage worship in your home?
What emphasis do you place on it with your student?

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