Talk It Out…
These questions and thoughts are designed to help you create connection in your Community Group. We will be taking a look at the stories behind some of the songs we sing written by our very own 29:11 Worship Team!
Perfume (29:11 Worship)
I fix my eyes on this beautiful Savior,
Undone at the sight of one who has saved me,
’Cause you’re all I want, You’re all I need
You’re all I want, You’re all I need,
I abandon all that I am in worship
And I kiss the feet of my Jesus
And I pour my tears like a sweet perfume
This heart is all I have to offer
I spill my life, I spill my life, I spill my life.
Lord I surrender the broken pieces
And I forsake all my closest treasures
’Cause I am hungry, I am thirsty,
I am hungry, I am thirsty,
I abandon all that I am in worship.
*Start Talking. Find a conversation starter for your group from the following questions…
-What is your favorite perfume or cologne?
-What would the title of your autobiography be?
*Start Thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
This week we took a look into the story of a sinful woman who poured out expensive perfume upon the feet of Jesus as part of an expression of extravagant worship. The cost of the perfume was estimated to be worth a year’s worth of wages. She came broken yet left forgiven and walking in peace.
If you were to come to the feet of Jesus and make an extravagant expression of worship with a year’s worth of your current wages, what would you do? What would be your “costly gift”? How would you display worship?
These questions are good to ponder, they don’t necessarily have to be answered out loud.
*Start sharing. Go over these questions to help spark discussion in your group.
Read the account from Luke 7:36-50 (The Passion Translation version was read during the message)
-Put yourself in the position of one of the dinner guests, how would you explain what happened? Would you have been angry? Would you have been moved with compassion at the way Jesus responded?
-True, pure worship comes from the heart. It’s not about who WE are or what WE have done but it’s about WHO JESUS is. Simon, upon hearing Jesus’ story, answered the question correctly about the one with the greatest debt being more thankful. Those forgiven more seem to be more thankful/expressive in worship however we all have a deep desire within to worship and we all are in need of a Savior. Why does it seem that sometimes when things are going good or we are “behaving” right we don’t bring worship to Christ? Simon was in the presence of Jesus, yet didn’t even feel the need to follow traditional customs to honor Jesus. How do we change this attitude? (this condition of our heart, this pride)
Read 2 Corinthians 5:21
(NLT) For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Jesus became the offering for our sin… he took on all of our sins. He was beaten and crucified for our sins. He took the punishment so that we could be closer to the Father, to him. Take a moment to think about our sins- name a few. Jesus took all this upon himself so that we might be saved. What are your thoughts about this great act of love?
Read Psalm 51:17
The woman brought her brokenness before Christ and was changed. How often do we have brokenness in our lives yet we let pride keep us from bringing it to Christ. We walk in shame or guilt and instead of coming to Christ with it, we continue to walk in it. Christ loves us so much that he was willing to die for us! Let it go! Bring yourself to the feet of Jesus and pour your worship and adoration for Him. Let him love and change you!
*Start Prayer. Here are ways to close your group in prayer.
As you are ending your group, take a few moments to sit quietly in His presence. Have someone close in prayer, thanking God for his son who so freely sacrificed himself for our faults. Allow the opportunity for expressions of worship. Fill the room with the “aroma of worship”