Week SIX -- OCTOBER 16-22
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Overview - DECLARE HIS GLORY
Psalm 96 contains a very descriptive list of imperatives that call God’s people to praise, sing, tell, declare, ascribe and worship. The reason for such high praise is the identification of God as the one true Lord of heaven and earth, the Maker of all things (verses 4-6). God’s people are called to sing His praises, not just among themselves, but also to tell of His glory among the nations (96:3).
Then the nations are called on to ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name (96:7-8). Finally, all of creation rejoices and worships our Lord (96:11-12). God desires that we will be a worshiping people. Our thoughts will often be on how great and mighty God is and our hearts will often bow in reverence before His holiness. God desires that we will be a witnessing people, both here and abroad. Witness is the overflow of worship.
Read Psalm 96
1. What do you learn about God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)? How is He described?
2. What do you learn about man? How do people act or respond in the passage?
3. In a sentence or two summarize what you have learned from this passage.
4. Where are you in the story? How does this story impact or challenge you? What is God asking you to do in obedience to His Word?
5. Write a prayer to God based on what He has taught you.
Read Psalm 96
1. In Psalm 96, write down the imperatives that "God gives to His people.
2. Why must worship be the basis for witness? What effect does this have?
3.How can I grow in understanding God's greatness which is the foundation for worship?
Read Psalm 19
The theme of the Psalm is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. Both creation and God’s law make God known to the world. It is this knowledge of God that helps us to think about our response and responsibility to declare His works to others.
Reflect on this week's study:
- What is one passage or principle that stood out to you? Why?
- How did your time in the word this week challenge you?
- What is one step of obedience you want to carry with you from this point forward?
NEIGHBORS & NATIONS
THE TASK REMAINING
Jesus gave us the commission of making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). He laid out the task for us, as a 21st century Christ follower, right there. Get the Gospel to all the peoples of the world. In order to do this, we need to know where we stand given the task at hand. Right now, there are over 3.6 billion unreached people in the world. Unreached simply refers to whether a person belongs to a group of people
that has access to hear the Gospel. It is estimated that only 3% of foreign missionaries today are working to reach these unreached people. Of all the money designated for mission” in the U.S., only 5.4% is used
for foreign missions, according to the World Christian Encyclopedia. Of that 5.4%, only 1% is used to take the gospel to unreached people who don’t have access to the gospel. The harvest is too plentiful for us to ignore the billions of those lost apart from knowing Christ. And the laborers are too few for us to assume that there is not a need for our direct involvement in reaching the world.
MISSIONS PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that God would send laborers out into the harvest. Pray that God would allow more resources to be spent on taking the Gospel across the streets and around the world. Pray that God would give you eyes to see the world as He sees it. Pray for boldness and fruitfulness of missionaries that are working around the world. Before Give, and Before Go, comes Pray, this is the divine order. - John Mott.
*Excerpt from The Traveling Team