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Church.Art.Life
“What’sYourPleasure?”
DISCUSSIONQUESTIONS:
BigPicture–WhatisGod’sroleinthethingswefindjoyandpleasurein?ShouldHebeincludedin
them,orarethesethingsapartourlifethatbelongsjusttous?OrdoyouthinkHegivesustalents,
oraloveforsomething,specificallyforustoenjoy?
JesusFocus–InMatthew23Jesusrebukesthereligiousleadersforseveralthingsincludingtheir
focusoncreatedthingssuchasgoldandcallingthemsacred.Yettheyfailedtoacknowledgethe
Onewhomadethemsacredinthefirstplace–Jesushimself!MostofMatthew23isdirectedat
theheartbehindthebehavior.IsJesussayingthateverythingunderhimcanbesacredaslongas
ourheartispure?AfteralltheapostlePaulsaid,“Everythingispermissible–butnoteverythingis
beneficial.”(1Corinthians10:23)*LookatwhatPaulsaysbeforethatin1Corinthians10:21for
guidance.
YourTurn–Isthereanythinginyourlife(hobbies,activities,friends,etc.)thatyouhavegivenup
becauseyoubelieveditwasdishonoringtoGod?Ifyoufeelcomfortablesharing,explainwhy?Do
youstillfeelthesamewaynow?AretherethingsHehasaskedyoutocutoutbutyouhaven’t?
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Duringyourlifeoutsideof“church”doyouregularlyhaveyourheartturnedtowardsGodinthe
thingsyoudo?DoyouthinkaboutHimofteninyourdailyroutine?ThankHim?Whatdoyou
believeconstitutestrueworship?
Praythatinyoureverydaylife,youwouldfindtimetoacknowledgeandthankGodforthethings
youtakepleasurein.AskHimtohelpyoumakeyourlifeareflectionoftrueworshipinallyou
do.
FAMILYTIME:
Askyouchildrenaboutthethingstheytrulylove,andlovetodo–thethingstheytakepleasurein.
ExplainthatGodcreatedtheamazingthingsaroundusforenjoyment,butwemusthonorHimby
neverforgettingwheretheycomefrom.TalkabouthowworshipisnotjustsingingsongstoGodon
Sundaymorning,butalifestyleofconstantlykeepingourheartsturnedtowardsHim.ReadaPsalm
ofDavidandshowyourchildrenhowhisheartwasfocusedonGodnomatterwhathewasgoing
through.