Rejoicing Before the Lord: The Sanctuary and Worship

Worship, an experience common to most human beings, is the Scriptural Pursuit discussion topic for July, August and September 2011. We worship God, not ourselves; hence, worship must be about Him, about giving glory to Him, and not about music, culture, or worship styles. Worship should be permeated by a sense of reverence and awe for our God, an attitude that will give us the humility and surrender so needed for true worship. Worship affords an opportunity to recognize who God is and to realize who you are in relationship to God. These and many other Biblical concepts of worship will be discussed in a panel moderated by Glenn Russell.

Although the term sanctuary has taken on various meanings today, it originated from the context of worship.  At the beginning of human history, Adam and Eve worshipped God in an open sanctuary.  Following their freedom, the people group called the Israelites,  commissioned by God Himself constructed a Sanctuary as a temporary place of worship.

In this week’s Scriptural Pursuit, the discussion will center on the following questions:

  • How did the sanctuary provide a place where one could experience a saving relationship with God?
  • How did the sanctuary illustrate doctrines regarding God’s holy and glorious character and expectations regarding how He was to be wor­shiped?
  • How did it provide for opportunities to celebrate God’s blessings?
  • How did the sanctuary provide opportunity for communication and relationship?


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Lesson 4 for July 16-22
You may download free study guides from Adventist.org. Please click on lesson for the relevant week for the third quarter of 2011.

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