In Our Worship

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Sermon Text: Exodus 40:32-38

When they went into the tent of meeting, and when they approached the altar, they washed; as the Lord had commanded Moses. He set up the court around the tabernacle and the altar, and put up the screen at the gate of the court. So Moses finished the work.

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out on each stage of their journey; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, before the eyes of all the house of Israel at each stage of their journey.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you describe the difference between "resume virtues" and "eulogy virtues" (as they were described in Sunday's sermon)? Specifically, what are some virtues that belong on each list, and how do we cultivate them in our lives?
  2. If, as St. Augustine says, "we are what we love" and "we become what we worship," how would you describe the relationship between our worship and our character formation? How does the shape of our liturgy lead us in this kind of formative worship? (Refer to the City Church "A Guide to Our Worship" as needed.)
  3. Consider how God comes to dwell with his people both in the tabernacle of Israel (Exodus 40) and in Jesus (John 1:14). What does God's presence in the tabernacle mean for the Israelites, and what's even better about how God comes to be present to us in Jesus and the Spirit?