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   Baptism: Is It Really Worship?
   Romans 6:1-5
Sunday School,  September 5, 2010
This final lesson in our summer series on worship discusses (1) what baptism is and (2) whether or not it is worship.

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   The Lord's Table as Worship
   Psalm 41:13; Revelation 1:7; 7:12; 1 Corinthians 10:14-21; 11:17-34
Sunday School,  August 29, 2010
In this session, which brings us near the end of our series, we will take a look at two topics: the subject of "the amen" in worship, and the significance of the Lord's Table. The "amen" is traditional language in biblical worship by which we affirm and commit ourselves to what God has said. Likewise, when we gather around the Lord's Table, we are at once remembering what Christ has done for us in His cross work as well as affirming that work by our identification with Him and with each other.

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   The Benediction
   Various Texts
Sunday School,  August 22, 2010
Traditionally, Christian worship concludes with the ‘benediction.’ Based on the Latin word benedicto, which means ‘blessing,’ the benediction is a pronouncement of blessing upon God’s people. But do we really understand the importance and significance of the benediction in public worship? In this session we will examine the precedent for the benediction and the presence of the benediction in New Testament worship.

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   The Preaching of the Word and Its Place in Christian Worship – Part 2
   2 Timothy 4:1-5
Sunday School,  August 8, 2010
Preaching has fallen on hard times, no longer valued in the Christian church the way it once was. Preaching has been replaced or marginalized by other means of communication. Or it has been augmented with other attractions because it is deemed too weak to stand on its own merits. Nevertheless, the preaching of the Word of God is ordained by the Lord for His church, and the Lord still blesses what He has ordained. It is not up to us to decide what is 'effective' or 'relevant'; the church has been commissioned by the Lord to "Preach the Word" (2 Tim. 4:1-5). In these two sessions, we will look at the preaching of the Word as a vital component for Christian worship, demonstrating that preaching is indispensable for the New Testament church. We will focus on three main areas: the precedent for preaching, the activity of preaching itself, and the necessity of preaching in Christian worship.

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   The Preaching of the Word and Its Place in Christian Worship – Part 1
   2 Timothy 4:1-5
Sunday School,  August 1, 2010
Preaching has fallen on hard times, no longer valued in the Christian church the way it once was. Preaching has been replaced or marginalized by other means of communication. Or it has been augmented with other attractions because it is deemed too weak to stand on its own merits. Nevertheless, the preaching of the Word of God is ordained by the Lord for His church, and the Lord still blesses what He has ordained. It is not up to us to decide what is 'effective' or 'relevant'; the church has been commissioned by the Lord to "Preach the Word" (2 Tim. 4:1-5). In these two sessions, we will look at the preaching of the Word as a vital component for Christian worship, demonstrating that preaching is indispensable for the New Testament church. We will focus on three main areas: the precedent for preaching, the activity of preaching itself, and the necessity of preaching in Christian worship.

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   Reading the Scripture and Hearing the Word
   1 Timothy 4:13; Romans 10:17
Sunday School,  July 25, 2010
The New Testament clearly mandates the public reading of Scripture. This lesson explores why it is such a vital practice in a Christian church. We also show the New Testament emphasis on hearing the Word of God in public worship. This nearly forgotten element of corporate worship reminds the people of God what they are to hear, how the Word of God is to be heard, what benefits there are to hearing the word, and how the saints may practice hearing the Word.

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   Christian Liturgy
   Various Texts
Sunday School,  July 18, 2010
The Bible commands that our worship be done "decently and in order." The order and structure of a worship service is its liturgy. Every church has a liturgy; the question is how thoughtful that liturgy is and what it communicates about what the church believes. A look at the development of the Church's liturgy through history will help us be deliberate in our "re-presentation" of the gospel in how we structure our worship.

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   The Offering as an Act of Worship
   Philippians 4
Sunday School,  July 11, 2010
This lesson demonstrates that there is a New Testament pattern for giving in assemblies, and it is proper both to give to those believers who have financial needs inside and outside the assembly and to support those who labor in gospel ministry. We also saw the theological reasons for giving, because Jesus Christ is Lord (and Lord of our checkbook), because Christ himself is an unspeakable gift, because God delights in generous Christians, and because God uses generous giving to work graciously in others.

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   Corporate Prayer: Its Forms and Content
   Various Texts
Sunday School,  July 4, 2010
Public prayer is an essential element of corporate worship. This lesson will survey the biblical forms of corporate prayer as well as its content.

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   Prayer in Christian Worship: The Mandate and Manner of Corporate Prayer
   1 Timothy 2:1-2, 8
Sunday School,  June 27, 2010
The New Testament clearly commands that we pray corporately as a body. This lesson begins by showing the mandate for prayer in our assembly for corporate worship, and describes some of the New Testament descriptions of the manner of prayer.

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   The Hymnody of the Christian Church: Two Roads Diverged
   Various Texts
Sunday School,  June 20, 2010
The Church's hymnody developed over the centuries in a unified tradition until the Enlightenment. This session explores common themes in the hymns of God's people throughout the ages and demonstrates where Evangelicalism diverged from the historic Judeo-Christian tradition.

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   The Hymnody of the Church: Function and Form
   Various Texts
Sunday School,  June 13, 2010
When Christians discuss worship, especially if their conversation is heated, they usually focus on one primary element of worship above others—music. The church's songs are without question the most controversial aspect of Christian worship. However, some careful thinking about what Scripture has to say about our hymns, adequate understand of the purpose of power of Christian hymnody, and consideration of how the church's music has related to the culture around it throughout history will help us arrive at some conclusions about how we should go about choosing hymnody for our churches.

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   The Call to Worship and Preparation for Worship
   Deuteronomy 6:4-6
Sunday School,  May 30, 2010
This lesson argues that corporate worship is better than private worship. We also explore God's command to worship. The session closes with an appeal to the people of God to prepare to worship.

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   Sez Who? Our Authority for Worship in the Church
   2 Timothy 3:16-17
Sunday School,  May 23, 2010
Last week we looked at a philosophy of worship which suggested that there is a right and a wrong way to worship God. This raises the question, "Who is to say what is right or wrong in worship?" This session will suggest a biblical process of determining, through channels of proper authority, how we make decisions about our worship.

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   Philosophy of Worship in the Church – Part 2
   Psalm 29
Sunday School,  May 16, 2010
As a believer, Christian worship is something that takes place in our heart, an expression of our affections as they are evoked when we encounter the True and Living God. This definition raises two significant questions which inform our worship.

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   Philosophy of Worship in the Church – Part 1
   Psalm 29
Sunday School,  May 9, 2010
The state of your heart is at the center of real worship. That means you must examine your heart, and order your heart, and prepare your heart in order that you may worship God rightly. This is true for at least two reasons.

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