Theme: “I will heal their land,” 2 Chron. 7:14.
SUB-THEME: PRESERVING THE HEALING OVER THE LAND.
TOPIC: Dedicated Corporate Worship (Including Intense Prayers).
TEXT: II Chron. 29:20-30, 36; Neh. 9:1-5; Acts 2:41-46.
i) outline what should be involved in the corporate worship that preserves healing;
ii) identify the place of corporate worship in preserving the healing in the land;
iii) examine the need for dedication in the corporate worship that preserves the healing of the land.
Worship is not just low tempo songs which we render during a church service. It has to do with the act of bowing down (submission; Gen 24:52) in service or obedience to God. It thus has to do first with the heart; it is directed towards the One we see as having complete authority over us.
Corporate worship provides the body of Christ in a given community an avenue to gather together, to demonstrate their submission, obedience and reverence to God and in doing so, provide encouragement to one another to continue in God’s service.
1. From the passages in our text, identify some ingredients of corporate worship. Acts 2:41-46; Neh. 9:1-5.
2. What part did corporate worship play in ensuring that the healing over the land was preserved in Acts 2:41-46; Psalm 133?
3. What actions/phrases from these passages indicate the level of dedication of the people to corporate worship? Acts 2:41, 42, 45, 46; Neh. 9:2-4; II Chron. 29:20, 36.
4. How does the level of dedication to corporate worship in the Nigerian church today compare with worship in the early Church? What do you think has contributed to this?
The gathering of Christians to worship God is a public proclamation of their gratitude to God for bringing them into one family as His children, through the death of His Son Jesus Christ. It is also an expression of their submission and obedience to God and a pledge to renew their allegiance to Him. In this way, we are likely to keep the flame of the spirit and the healing of the land.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Gathering with one heart as true Christians will sustain the healing over the land.
MEMORY VERSE: Psa. 133:3.
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.