Ephesians 2:8–10, Hebrews 10:24–25, Psalm 95:1–3
Membership Matters, Part 1
Ephesians 2:8–10 (ESV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Hebrews 10:24–25 (ESV)
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Psalm 95:1–3 (ESV)
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
Questions for further reflection and discussion:
1. Why do we exist as a church?
2. Why do you participate personally?
3. What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? How should we cooperate together to make disciples?
4. In what sense is trusting Jesus and his work on the cross for your salvation a first act of worship?
5. Often Ephesians 2:8-9 are quoted in isolation. What does verse 10 add to the understanding of the whole experience of what it means to be saved?
6. Do what Hebrews 10:24 says, that is, consider how we should stir one another up to love. Consider how we can stir one another up to good works. How does Heb. 10:24 go along with Gal. 2:10?
7. What relationship do you see among worship and small group participation and the work of encouragement? How might you be more intentional in your encouraging of others when we gather for worship?
8. How does Psalm 95:1-3 challenge the way you pursue worship corporately? How does it challenge all us collectively?